Zip ties for leg bands?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SundownWaterfowl, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I am thinking about using colored zip ties for leg bands on my chicks and adults?

    Who else uses them?
     
  2. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

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    I did\\do.............

    My concern is staying on top of the growth of the bird
    so as to keep it loose.

    I got the idea from Luke (BYC member) and he was so
    smart that he even double or triple banded to keep things
    straight. I suppose you could even use diff colors of zip
    ties.....
     
  3. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
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    thats a good idea, ,but will the metal hurt there legs or if they pick on the metal ?[​IMG]
     
  4. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

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    Quote:Zip ties are plastic..........
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I use them! I put them on loosely enough for growth, but if needed they can be replaced easily enough! [​IMG]
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I use them, and they work great. You just have to check them periodically on growing birds; I found I only needed to change them 3 times before the bird was done growing. One thing you might consider: avoid the red ones. They peck the crap out of them, just like they peck at a bird that's bleeding. I should have thought of that before I put the red one on once....took it right back off!
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I used them for their run and pen, why not their legs?
     
  8. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    I use them, colored ones, as temporary bands, to ensure I have everyone when I'm treating the flock (worming, dusting, etc), and I use pink or blue when I want to see if I'm guessing right (boy or girl)....I didnt have anything else around when I needed them, thats how come I started using them. You just have to be aware, every day, of their growth if they're young - since zip ties arent flexible, you can cause injury/strangulation of the limb, if left on too tight. I like them, but only for my own birds, that I handle all the time. I wouldnt rehome a bird with a zip tie on it. (They also could potentially tighten by accident). Personal choice.
     
  9. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
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    [​IMG] ok here is a dump ? what is a zip tie ? I thought there the ties that come in the boxes of trash bags?[​IMG]
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I guess that I will use them then.


    There is no way for the chicken to pull the leg band tighter. right?
     

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