With that issue, it is important to cut of leg bands and replace them as the bird gets older.My experience with leg bands- HORRIBLE!!
I purchased my original chickens from a breeder who used leg bands and I noticed the older ones walked funny, on closer inspection the leg bands had grown into their legs! I managed to cut them off, some blood , but they recovered after that thankfully..
..I do not use leg bands. I record their names and who came from which father/ mother so I know which generation they are. They all have some difference even my white ones have slightly larger wattles then another or comb different or slightly fluffier crest. They have different personalities too white hen 'Queen Chickaletta' is noticeable from a far distance
One had bigger wattles? Maybe?I have black Cochin Bantams. I can always tell them apart as pullets. This one has a tiny comb and this one has littke black specks. Then they start laying. I use Happy Hens spiral leg bands. I have to use size 11 for Cochin Bantams even though the package says I need size 9. I have never had a problem and I named 3 of my hens by the color of their leg bands. The purple leg band is Plum, the pink legband is Bubblegum, and the blue leg band is Sky. Their combs are constantly changing and it is hard to tell them apart. I have never had to band a rooster. They usually have different personality or such. There is one hen I have now, Plum, she has a special personality and I have been through a lot with her. She was broody, then the other chickens went to the fair. While they were at the fair, she broke herself of broodiness. The other chickens pecked her when they came back. I had to seperate her and give her special attention. Now when I go out to the coop I talk to her. Like "Hey Plummy! How are you doin today?" But some of them are impossible to figure out who is who. I mean, how are you supposed to tell these two apart?
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