Marking my Wood Ducks-Help?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wadek2008, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. wadek2008

    wadek2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These will be my f1 and I've never had to do this before.
    Do I need to mark migratory game birds that I propagate?
    All live migratory game birds (including offspring) possessed in captivity under authority of a valid Special
    Purpose Game Bird permit must, prior to 6 weeks of age, be physically marked using one of the following methods:
    (a) Removing the hind toe from the right foot.-this sounds bloody to me and I really just don't see me self cutting off an entire toes; I like MY toes, each and every one.
    (b) Pinioning of a wing by removing the metacarpal bones of one wing or a portion of the metacarpal bones-I'd rather them be able to get off the ground quickly if a predator ever got in and I want them to be able to fly into their nest boxes
    thereby rendering the bird permanently incapable of flight.
    (c) Banding one metatarsus with a seamless metal band-I don't think I've ever seen a seamless one, are they tight? how does that work?
    (d) Tattooing a readily discernible number or letter or combination thereof on the web of one foot-tattooing? Is there a special tool for that? Can I use a toe punch instead?
    What are your recommendations? I'm not crazy about any of them, but they're already so big at 3 weeks!
     
  2. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The easiest and most used method is toe clipping. When you pick up one of your ducks, you will see a small toe coming off the back of the leg. When they are little, you can clip this off using a sharp pair of scissors. If you do it the first few days you will see no blood, just clip and let them go. As you get closer to 6 weeks you may see a drop of blood or two.

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    Pinioning is permanent and of course will leave the bird flightless.

    The seamless bands are slipped (careful working) over the foot.

    Tattooing is done of the webbing, can't say I have ever seen this method.

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  3. cawooduck

    cawooduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just toe clip, like Giffy said, i do it on day two and it has never been a problem. I dont want to do seamless bands and i dont want to pinion any birds. As for tattooing, i dont see many people doing that either.

    If you toe clip make sure its on the right foot. And its not a toe connected to the webbing, its the useless hind toe on the back of the foot..................Jason
     
  4. Mrs MIA

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    Truly, snipping the right hind toe is quick, easy, and painless as far as I can tell. The ducklings didn't even flinch!
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