Leg bands

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 6Happiness, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. 6Happiness

    6Happiness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need a reliable identification method (no toe hole punching!). I assume that would mean some kind of leg band (any other method I'm unaware of). I do have bad joints and an allergy to latex/rubber so it cannot be rubber/latex, and it must be easy to apply. The spiral leg bands look like they might work, but I wanted to check with other people's experiences before ordering any. thanks!
     
  2. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can by them at feed stores but i use zip ties [​IMG]
     
  3. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too have been thinking about this. I like the bands with numbers on them...whether plastic or metal.

    Don't know WHICH I should get.

    I don't think I'm interested in the wing-bands or other such marking methods.

    But, I'm wondering if there are advantages/disadvantages with plastic vs metal leg-bands.

    I'm glad that you started this thread. I will watch it. Perhaps some folks have tried various alternatives and concluded that one is superior.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
     
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    Quote:Me, too. The $ Tree sells colored ones.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    best site for any bands....i use leg and wing bands....you can get number you like or even your name and address....wing band are put on my birds as they are removed from hatcher.

    Danger with zip ties they need replace as the bird grows. many use them, but i have seen birds at auction were the grew into the leg


    http://www.nationalband.com/
     
  6. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    I use zip ties on chicks, and then the spiral plastic legbands with numbers on them once they are big enough. I have had no problems with them. However, a friend of mine used them to mark her 2 broody hens, and both the girls took them off. I think they were too big for them, but it was all I had for LF birds at the time.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    check this site better its for leg band....they make them here no 2nd man. I use Alum but end ....number with my name and address.

    lot of the plastic and etc leg band without a number to me doesn't work ,but i deal with alot of birds and colors




    http://www.nationalband.com/nbtbird.htm
     
  8. 6Happiness

    6Happiness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the applicator for the metal bands would be too difficult for my joints; and i've always had a hard time with dexterity and zipties.

    So, do the plastic spiral ones STAY ON? What about the numbered 'plastic bandettes'?

    How do I figure out what size(s) to get?

    Thanks
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    The numbered 'plastic bandettes'? Will stay on , think they have a chart for size....or ask them.

    The alum leg bands i use standard pr of pliers. not hard, you can ask ,they will send you a few sample size, then you can see if you can put them on. how many birds....heck i may have a few
     
  10. 6Happiness

    6Happiness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I see the bandettes require an applicator of some kind, I should try the spirals first if those should stay on.

    I see there is a photo with a ruler in it.... not the easiest to read... I guess in the daytime I'll have to find measuring tape and measure the bird's legs and ask them which one fits that measurement.

    okay, thanks

    Anyone else have experience with the plastic spirals?
     

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