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When are chickens legs there maximum width?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sam Drummond, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Sam Drummond

    Sam Drummond Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2016
    I have some chicks and would like to put colored zip ties on them as soon as I can. I do not know what age they need to be so that there legs will not grow any more and I can put the zip ties on. What age do you think? Thanks!
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    You can use zip ties at any time, just keep an eye on them and change as needed so they aren't too tight
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    If they're still growing, just put the ties on loose like a bangle bracelet. Check to make sure they can't be pulled easily over the toes. I put them on my chicks at 3 weeks old and so far I've only had to change them out once (chicks are 12 weeks old now).
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    You could also do spiral leg bands (my local feed store sells them). They spread out as the chicks grow so there no worries about them getting too tight.

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