whats so important about leg bands

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickachickawhat, May 1, 2008.

  1. chickachickawhat

    chickachickawhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it important to put leg bands on your own flock. i thought you only did that with wild animals not or own pets.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I put them on so I can tell which chick came from which breeder and which hatch they came from.
     
  3. chickachickawhat

    chickachickawhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oo and how many do you have katy
     
  4. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are just to help you tell them apart. I have 3 BR chicks that I cant tell apart. I think they are gonna get bands. Not a requirement...
     
  5. chickachickawhat

    chickachickawhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're a hardcore breeder and try to keep breeding records(or health records) you need some form of telling the birds apart. There is usually one breed to a pen, you ever look into a pen of 30+ Cuckoo Marans? They start to look very similar. LOL

    It's just for identification and record keeping.

    -Kim
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Somewhere between 75 and 100 I think....haven't counted lately. [​IMG]
     
  8. Tutter

    Tutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please be careful, though. I know someone who put plastic bands on their young hens, which were supposed to expand, but they only did with some of the birds. If that happens, the leg will grow over it; not pretty.

    I don't know how quickly the leg grows into a band, since mine don't have bands, but I'd assume that regular checking as they grow would avoid the problem. Or maybe using another type of band? Perhaps someone knows the answer to that question. [​IMG]
     

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