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!