Question on banding chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peakpoultry, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. peakpoultry

    peakpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    I need some ideas on how everyone is banding their chickens. I need to know where my Silkies came from and I want to have a system for this. Does anyone have any ideas. I looked online at the bands but I don't know if I should get the numbered ones or just the colored. I don't know what size to get either.[​IMG]
     
  2. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I can't help...

    Maybe someone else has some ideas for you.
     
  3. peakpoultry

    peakpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you.
     
  4. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i went to home depot and for $6 i got neon zip ties for my girls. i just put them on loosely and keep checking every couple of weeks to see if they need to be changed for growing. I do this for ages instead of where they came from and it works great so far.
     
  5. slc

    slc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to try those tyvek type weatheproof wristbands and see how they work out. They come in sheets so they can be printed on a laser printer or use a sharpe. Can't see ordering bandettes in lots of 25 in every color for a handful of chickens.
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Zip ties and numbered plastic bands suit me fine. I hated those spiral plastic because it hurts the birds legs when you try to twist the spirals on.

    Here is the pic of the pink leg bands I have on my spitz girl
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  7. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
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    I LOVE your Spitz girl!! She's beautiful!!!!!

    I know nothing about banding chickens. I breed parrots and I use stainless steel bands to band the parrots, though.

    Laurie
     
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Stainless steel bands are good but hard to remove. I think those are more for permenant IDs.

    The plastic bands I can remove them easily when I sell a bird or lost a bird. It does not cost that much.

    Thank you, I love my Spitz girls too and planning on getting more of them LOL!
     
  9. peakpoultry

    peakpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for all your ideas, I'm sure I will go with the numbered bands, or the zip ties.
     
  10. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I like bandettes, which are easy to put on and seem to stay on pretty well. I have different colors for different year birds. For example, I have yellow bands for 2008 birds. I then use Y23 (for example) in my record keeping. The 2009 birds will have red bands, and we'll start with R1, R2, etc.

    The roosters have names. So I can then say that R34 is the offspring of Iko and Y22. Make sense?

    You can get numbered colored bands almost anywhere. You'll want #11s for large fowl hens.
     

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