Flock I.D. Practices… and Ten New Chicks!

Peaches & Rose, the oldest members in an existing flock of 18. Each bird wears a brightly colored I.D. leg band so I can keep track of age, breed, color, sex, and where they originated from. Otherwise, alike breeds of same color can often look the same.
Each hen’s broodiness is recorded as well, because unfortunately not all hens are good Moms. It’s important to know which hens will not only be be loyal to their clutch of fertile eggs, but which ones can also be trusted to care for the chicks when they hatch.
As an example, these two hens are both broody on a regular basis, only the one on the right will stay on her eggs until they hatch. The bird on the left perhaps has good intentions, but gets bored with the idea of being a Mom and sometimes abandons the nest after a week or so.
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Knowing who’s who in an immediate situation means a quick and convenient solution. So I better get busy…  today there are 10 more birds to add to the chart!

New Babies!

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Best I.D. Leg Bands for Chickens

There are many reasons to I.D. your chickens and it’s easy if you use leg bands. There are many types, colors, and sizes appropriate for chicks, bantams and standard breeds. The hard part is finding who sells assortments, or has quantity options.
If this is your first time using leg bands, you’ll find my choices below quite simple to put on. However, I certainly wouldn’t refuse an extra set of hands to help!
Here’s the retailers I’ve found who offer the best selections of leg bands…

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1st Choice…
Stromberg’s is my favorite place for color assortments and varied quantities. The minimum quantity is 50. Buy what you’ll need the first time, the shipping is a little pricey.

Spiral Legs Bands   Numbered Plastic Bandettes

What Size Do You Need? | Guideline Chart for Leg Bands | Stromberg’s

Leg bands are perfect for tracking broody hens, keeping track of the ages of your birds, or if you have birds the same color that look identical.

2nd Choice…
Arcata Pet Supplies, you can order as many or as few as you like, (that’s a plus!) but they don’t offer color assortments and their styles are very limited.

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Note:
To help give you an idea on sizing, TBN Ranch uses size 9 leg bands for our mature Silkie Bantams.

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Colorful Poultry Leg Bands, Sold Individually

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Arcata Pet Supplies sells poultry I.D. leg bands individually. Now you can buy as many as you need in different sizes for .79 cents each!

Arrived in 4 days, very satisfied with their service.

Not sure what size to buy for your flock? I have 4 month old Silkies and they wear a size 9.

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Moving Day from Brooder to Coop

Today was the day, even though I had the calendar marked for next week… it was time to move the chicks from brooder to coop.  They are fully feathered at 6 weeks and not at all interested in hanging around a heat source anymore.  They are more interested in making a big mess, dumping their feed all over the place, flinging shavings into the drinker, and chasing each other around in their getting too small living space.

I banded the right leg on all the Silkies with 5 different brightly colored zip ties.  Finally I can tell them apart! That means today is the first day for Peaches, Sunkist, Tulip, Fern, and Rose to have their very own name.

Lift Off!

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Touch Down!

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