Leg shackles???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by psyverson, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. psyverson

    psyverson Out Of The Brooder

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    My Pekins came with little brown right leg bracelets. They look like they'll expand and fall
    off as the ducks grow, but I was wondering why, and should I remove them myself?

    -Pete
     
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    can't say for sure but it sounds like they are spiral bands. You need to take them off . they can cause your ducks harm..cut off circulation ,rub sores into legs,imbed themselves into legs...some hatcheries use them to mark what sex the duckling is
     
  3. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    those are sex bands, the hatchery puts them on to the ducks so that males can be told apart from the females and vis versus. You need to take them off ASAP!!!!!!! they will constrict blood flow to the leg, and the foot will swell up causing allot of pain.
     
  4. psyverson

    psyverson Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, I took them off today, two ducks had no problems, no swelling, one had a small abrasion, but seems fine.

    Thanks,

    Pete
     
  5. peepsandquacks

    peepsandquacks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brown means girls, purple means boys. Take em off asap. I put a perm marker dot on the webbing on my boy to know who he was after the anklet was removed.
     

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