Questions about ID Leg Bands (for chickens)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bleenie, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have hatched a lot of chicks this year and kept a few from each hatch. Because I have a really bad memory(and a few chicks that look alike), I think it would be a good idea for me to band the babies legs so I can keep track of their ages easier.

    My babies are all Wyandottes & EE's and I am not sure what size bands to get for them that would be okay as they grow. I can avoid banding them until they're around 3 months old but each batch is about 3 weeks apart and some of the EE's grow pretty quickly.

    Also, is there a place online where I can purchase 10 bands of different colors? or do most places sell them in large quantities only?

    Appreciate any input on the subject. My 9wk olds are starting to catch up with the 3 month olds so I think I need to get it done soon!
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

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    You can use muti-colored zip ties to do this. You can find them at your local department store.
    Just band and write down the color of band with the /age/breed ect...
    When the birds outgrow the bands, just cut them off and reband.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012

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