My kids will finally be entering their chickens into the local fair show for the first time. I came to chickens later in life. So, this is new to all of us. We already know about washing and drying and handling and care, etc.. And we are reading over all the rules and regulations associated with showing. However, something came up that is a bit confusing... "Chicken Banding" I have used colorful zip ties to mark specific birds that I wanted to track for either cull, sale, or breed. But the show will be a bit different. Do they chicken(s) get banded at the gate during check in? Or, do they have to be already banded before they arrive? If before, what type of band(s) do I need to get? Metal with numbers? Plastic with numbers? Generic plastic without numbers? I won't be able to go by the fair office until late Friday or possibly Monday. We just found out that drop off is Thursday 3/16/17. So, if I need to order special bands, then I really need to know soon, so they will be here in time. Please HELP!