Year Management Identification, please help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SamanthaBrooke, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have been searching and searching for leg bands for my chickens with the year on them, I desperatly am needing 2013 bands in size 9 for this years hatches, I find this important for me to keep a tab on how old and whos who.

    If you know where I can find these or what I can do instead, that would be great!

    Thank you!
     
  2. texas hiker

    texas hiker Out Of The Brooder

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    What about using cable ties of certain colors to denote certain years?

    Cable ties are cheap, easy to put on, easy to take off, and are available in a wide range of colors.

    White for 2013

    Black for 2014

    Red for 2015

    Yellow for 2016

    ,,, and so on.

    Or, use red to mark chickens that have bad habits that you want to watch.

    I caught one of my rhode island reds eating an egg, so I put a cable tie around her leg. The tie has about 1/4 - 3/8 inch slack between the leg.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2013
  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use cable ties. Just the small diameter ones you can get at TSC. I prefer bright colors because black and white tend to blend in the chickens.
     
  4. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both, what a great idea!
     
  5. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use aluminum numbered bandettes. I personally like to be very hands on with my birds so handling them and looking up the info on the bird with that particular number band in my little book is quick and easy for me.
     
  6. wsmith

    wsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Plastic colored numbered bands from Cutler Supply. Different color for each year. Very easy.
     
  7. NorthernMama

    NorthernMama Out Of The Brooder

    I've boughten mine off EBAY. There are plenty of sizes if you just type in Chicken Bands.
    We only have a small flock so just use ours to distinguish which gal is which (mostly for the kids sake).
     
  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    This is what we do. Not Cutler Supply, but another supplier. We also categorize by leg, so we can have a hen that's "named" W35R (white 35 right).
     
  9. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brilliant!!
     

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