What size legbands?

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  1. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    As I continue to be given more and more pairs of peafowl, which I totally adore, I realize that I will need to use numbered leg bands instead of just zip ties. I have some colored ring bands now that are much too big for the birds I have and I can use those but for my breeding programs I usually use #9 colored, numbered leg bands to keep up with my bloodlines and write in my record books.

    Looking at the different birds he is giving me, there are about 8 pairs and maybe as many as 10 pairs (possibly trios). Some are the same variety like Silver Pied but also I may want to move some birds around to try different combinations and need each bird to be easily ID'd in my record keeping.

    These birds are from 2 years old up to 10 years old.

    What size do you all recommend or use?
     
  2. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I would also like to know too. Also, where do you all get your leg bands? Do you get it localy or is it something you have to order? I have been keeping all my peafowl in one pen, but I really don't want to mix that many varieties up, so I am going to get started on building some more pens and I am sure the leg bands will be something I will need to get into doing. Is it hard putting them on?
     
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    MinxFox,
    I searched the good old web and found the sizes that may be needed are 11 and 12. They come in those colored spirals and the numbered bands.
    I use these on my breeding birds now like my bantam Cochins and Guineas but #9's. They can be tricky to get on but Murray McMurray has a video on their website on how they put them on. Looks easy but my fingers are not as cooperative and goodness knows the feathered legged breeds I have are not as easy but I get them on okay.

    I figure what I will do is get colored numbered bands and I already have some #11 and #12 colored rings I can use on the other leg to help me record other things, if need be. The rings are very cheap but the numbered bands can cost from $9 to $12 a box of 25. Check out Cutler Supply.

    I just wondered what others on here use if they are breeding a good many pairs in the same colors.

    I also plan to put them on when I transfer the birds to my farm in another month. Since I will have them caught I figure that is as good a time as any!
     
  4. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I know some people use wing bands, but that just seems like it would be harder to see. Leg bands sound better because you could see them. I guess the wing bands are just a peachick thing?
    Thanks for your help!
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Not sure what size to you. Someone gave me a bag of leg bands that are perfect. But I don't know what size I have. I just know I have different sizes and they have numbers on them. It's a retractable band that stretches out. It fits loosely on the base of the legs.
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    My 6 peateens, ages 4-6 months, are all in a size 10 (5/8") right now and they're getting too tight, so I'm going to change them to 12's (3/4") today.


    #4

    1/4"

    Small Baby Chicks, Adult Quail, Small Pigeon, Doves, Bobwhite, Coturnix Quail, small Pigeon, adult Bobwhite Quail
    #5


    5/16”

    Chicks, Adult Quail, Pigeon, Partridge, Pheasant hen, Tumblers, medium Pigeon, Homers, Wood Duck
    #6


    3/8”

    Pheasant Cocks, Month Old Chicks, Chukar Partridge, Large Pigeon
    #7


    7/16”

    Ringneck Pheasants, Mallards, Wild Ducks, Bantams, Large Pigeon, Feather Leg and Runt Pigeons
    #8


    ½”

    Grouse, Young Geese, Male Ringneck Pheasant
    #9


    9/16”

    Anacana, Campine, Hamburg, Houdan, Silkies, Cornish, Langsham and Cochin Bantams, Leghorn hens, Gamebirds, Wild Ducks, Pheasants
    #10


    5/8”

    Wild Turkey, Adult Guinea's, Wyandottes, Minorcas, Cross breeds, adult Guineas
    #11


    11/16”

    Peafowl Hens, Araucana, Rock hens, Wyandottes, Rhode Island Red hens, Leghorn cocks, medium Ducks: Runners, Swedish, Harlequin
    #12


    ¾”

    Turkey Hens, Smaller Race Geese, Larger Chickens, Wild Geese, Rocks, Geese, Jersey Giant cocks, Orpingtons, larger Ducks: Pekins, Rouens, Muscovy
    #14


    7/8”

    Large Breed Geese, Turkeys, Honkers Large Cockerels, Canada Geese, Jersey Giant Cocks
    #16


    1”

    Turkey Toms

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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    We got ours from:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Poultry-...t=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item4abf0af30c
     
  10. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Ooh thank you soo much for the link!
     

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