Last night i went to a breeder. I purchased 3 Fantails. The man said he bred all 3 of them. This morning I noticed none had bands. Foys has bands for .35 cents. Why would breeders not band their birds?
If they don't breed with a certain goal in mind, then it doesn't matter. Especially being a fancy breed. If they were homers or something else that could potentially fly off and get lost, then that would be a different story. Also, some people just don't know where to get bands, or are too lazy to order them. I personally advise everyone to band their birds, just for the sake of being able to trace them if they do get lost somehow.
I don't see the need for banding chickens unless you want to keep records. I would mine but it's too much trouble, LOL. I would like to be able to tell how old all of mine are. They're all different so it's easy to tell them apart, but I lose track of time pretty quick.