Where do I get some Zip/Cable Ties and what size?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hoog, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have about two-score birds in a few different breeds including, Orpingtons, Standard Cochins, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, a Leghorn. a Barred Rock, and some Guineas. I want to mark them for age. I think, from these forums, that zip ties will be the best way to go. So I need to buy a bunch of zip ties but I don’t know where is a good place to get 300-500 zip ties in 6-9 different colors. I also don't know what size I should use. Any advice from your personal experience would help.

    I figure two bands per bird on left leg as follows:

    Year Born:
    2011 - Black
    2012 - White
    2013 - Grey

    Month Born:
    Red- Jan & Feb
    Blue- Feb & Mar
    Yellow – Apr & May
    Purple - Jun & Jul
    Orange - Sep & Oct
    Green- Nov & Dec

    Where can I get these zip ties?
    What type should I get (cold resistant, uv protected, etc.)?
    What size should I get (18lb, 40lb, 4”, 7”, etc.?
  2. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    Here you go:


    They don't need to be longer than 4" or very heavy. Make sure you don't make them too tight and if you put the on chickens who aren't fully grown, check OFTEN and replace w/ looser ones as needed!
  3. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    I buy mine at either Lowes, Home Depot, Dollar Tree or 99 cent store.
  4. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    in the electrical section of any hardware store. get outdoor rated UV resistant ones.
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2010
    N/E Texas
    I got a multi-color pack at Harbor Freight. I like the big ones because the band is wider and easier to see.
  6. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, I'll go to Lowe's first then. I'll get the thicker, outdoor rated, UV protected ones.
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yep, I too saw them at Dollar Tree! [​IMG]
  8. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:x2 They're everywhere. You just need to be vigilant in monitoring the zip ties as the chickens grow because the bands do not expand for leg growth and you can seriously injure a chicken with a legband that is too small. They must be removed and made larger as they grow.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
  10. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    Fleet farm also has bands made for chickens and relatively inexpensive...the kind that are a circle that expands so you dont have to worry about size-and in different colors. (The are a circle that overlaps, so it adjusts)

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