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: Leg bands - what are they


atvchick95
08-07-2008, 09:38 PM
Leg bands
What are they? What do they tell me?


Leg bands are a "bracelet" around your birds leg, Breeders put them when the chicks are young (5-12 days old), MOST bands have Initials, a State abbreviation, and numbers if it is from a group like a budgie society group, they use certain colors for each here

the info on the band is very useful,
The state abbreviation - tells you what state your bird was bred in
The Initials - is the breeders Initials
2 digit numbers - is the year the bird was born
other numbers is normally the number of the chick

as a example I will use what mine has on it

IN
K & M
08
1
on this particular bird - it was Born in INDIANA (IN), My Initials (K & M), 08 (Year it was born) 1 (1st baby born to me in 2008)

When you get a bird with a leg band it is very good practice to write down all the information from the band - and put this in a safe box (fire box type thing), also take pictures of the band and your bird where the band is visible put these pictures in that same safe box

if your bird is ever lost or stolen you have proof it is your bird!, Just saying "yes this green/ yellow bird is mine won't be sufficient, and even have a picture of just a green/yellow bird no longer proves this is your bird. but when you have on file the band information - no one can deny it is your bird.


Do not for any reason attempt to take this off your self - yes they make a certain tool to do this - but seriously if you do not know what you are doing, you can break the birds leg!

Most close bands cause no threat (I.E. Getting caught on anything this is why close bands are used more so then open bands), it shouldn't bother your bird at all if the breeder put it on right, if the breeder did not put it on right, the irritation would be noticed way before you got the bird. as there legs stop growing at a certain point. this is why the leg band is put on at a young age.

and from the threads i've been reading lately , when you take your bird to the vet it may become good practice to make sure Every one in the office, From the vet to any and all nurses, even the receptionests knows you do not want the leg band removed for any reason!, because i've read too many times recently the leg band was removed at the vets office with out the owners knowledge or persmmison

These bands may not have perdient information to them, but to us the bird owner they do.

even if they don't have the breeders intitals, year, or state on them they'll still have a set of numbers - and that will prove the bird is yours IF you follow the simple steps. of writing down the numbers (and any other information on the band), taking a picture of the leg band, and your bird with the leg band visiable and keeping it all in a safe place. where it won't get lost.



here are a couple pictures outlineing what is on most bands (That I broke down at the start of this thread)


http://www.****************/i_legband1.jpg
The I.D. Band is on the left (the band on the right is a "family" band it has no info on it, it is for the breeder to keep track of what baby went to what pair


http://www.****************/i_legband2.jpg

Reading an ID band:
A) issuing society
B) breeder ID #
C) year of birth (bear is for Calif.)
D) bird ID#


http://www.****************/i_legband3.jpg

ID band is on the left.

Recent colors the ABS "The American Budgerigar Society" have used.

GOLD - '96
SILVER - '97
GREEN - '98
ORANGE - '99
LIGHT BLUE - 2000
BLACK - 2001
GOLD - 2002
SILVER - 2003
DARK BLUE - 2004
WHITE - 2005
YELLOW - 2006
BLACK - 2007

I hope this has eased some minds, of what is the "bracelet" on my birds leg and why is there, and how can I get it off (which again you do not want to UNLESS it is 1000% necassiary and then have a professional do it)

softie
08-08-2008, 01:27 AM
Great information atv! :) I think everyone should copy their band info down, just in case it gets lost, mysteriously removed, or taken apart during emergencies.

:)

Will
08-08-2008, 01:42 AM
Great info!

I have 1 question though, how on earth can you see what is on the leg band when it is on the bird? its so tiny..

i dont think i could whats written on my tiel's band unless i held a magnify glass up to the band and he didnt move

Pippin's mom
08-08-2008, 01:56 AM
Great information atv! :) I think everyone should copy their band info down, just in case it gets lost, mysteriously removed, or taken apart during emergencies.

:)

Great suggestion Softie!:)

lamagdalena
08-08-2008, 09:49 AM
great post!!! I had read this on some site before and couldn't find it again.

lamagdalena
08-08-2008, 10:23 AM
that reminds me, I was reading an article the other day, that micro chipping pet birds is becoming more and more popular.

the chip is small and is inserted somewhere that doesn't hurt or bother the bird. What do you guys think of that?

Kerry C
08-08-2008, 01:03 PM
that reminds me, I was reading an article the other day, that micro chipping pet birds is becoming more and more popular.

the chip is small and is inserted somewhere that doesn't hurt or bother the bird. What do you guys think of that?

The chip is the size of a grain of rice. That's still a bit large to inject under the skin of a budgie size bird. Also in many cases the cost is pretty high to use for budgies.

Kerry C
08-08-2008, 01:09 PM
Great info!

I have 1 question though, how on earth can you see what is on the leg band when it is on the bird? its so tiny..

i dont think i could whats written on my tiel's band unless i held a magnify glass up to the band and he didnt move

It's simple, you properly restrain the bird so neither you are it gets hurt.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/185/411467935_03684f68e8.jpg

atvchick95
08-08-2008, 01:09 PM
Great info!

I have 1 question though, how on earth can you see what is on the leg band when it is on the bird? its so tiny..

i dont think i could whats written on my tiel's band unless i held a magnify glass up to the band and he didnt move

Hmm mine are not too hard to read, my quaker billy's is a little hard because its all silver, no color, and the Quaker who came with the too's is wearing off but mine I know what they say because I ordered them lol

that reminds me, I was reading an article the other day, that micro chipping pet birds is becoming more and more popular.

the chip is small and is inserted somewhere that doesn't hurt or bother the bird. What do you guys think of that?

Last time one of the best Avian vets(he travels all over doesn't have a office here :( ) was in our area Dr.Scott Mcdonald was in our pet supply store doing a clinic we asked about micro chipping - he said it's actually not worth doing it on the smaller, less expensive birds, the birds that get it done are the bigger more expensive birds - Cockatoos, Greys,etc.

typedink
04-15-2009, 04:05 AM
Where can we get a leg band? We had a cockatiel for 2 weeks when it flew away and we never found it. Had not had the chance to get wings clipped. I do not want the same thing to happen to my budgie. BUT in case it does, can we buy a leg band and have our info or something on it?

Squeak_Crumble
04-15-2009, 05:01 AM
You can get bands from most pet shops or order them online.

I have one question ATV. Do you order yours online and if so how do you get your infomation on it?

chompie_puppy
04-15-2009, 08:33 AM
Where can we get a leg band? We had a cockatiel for 2 weeks when it flew away and we never found it. Had not had the chance to get wings clipped. I do not want the same thing to happen to my budgie. BUT in case it does, can we buy a leg band and have our info or something on it?

You will not be able to attach a closed leg band to your budgie since this has to be done when the budgie is only a few days old. At this time the budgie's toes are still very flexible and the ring can be slipped on without causing injury.

Since your budgie is older, there is no way to attach a close leg band.

You can purchase an open leg band that bends around your budgies leg. However, open leg bands are not safe and can get caught on toys which could result in your budgie breaking his leg. Since your budgie isn't used to a ring on his leg, suddenly putting one on could cause some issues.

I had to remove my Plum Headed Parakeet's open leg band at the start of the year because he was obsessively chewing on it. He wasn't used to having anything on his leg, and when someone put the band on him, he just had to chew and chew it to try and get it off. It was all he ever did until it was removed.

typedink
04-15-2009, 08:41 AM
Well he's not too old I don't think, he seems small, so I would like to see how he does with one. If he does well then its a added precaution in case something ever happens. Pet stores near me do not have them, wear online could you order one? I only found places where you have to bulk order.

chompie_puppy
04-15-2009, 09:00 AM
You can't buy them individually. They only come in bulk because it's usually only breeders that need them.

It really isn't a good idea to get an open leg ring for him. They truly are dangerous.

blue-eyes
04-15-2009, 01:27 PM
I tried reading my budgies leg band and this is what it said AE (then there was a circle and I couldn't make out the writing inside)99480
What dose this mean?

Bethany
04-15-2009, 04:05 PM
Great thread:)

Does someone mind confirming Vanity's leg band for me?

It says:

27
06
ARL.


Thanks:D

Bethany
05-20-2009, 08:31 PM
Anyone?? >.>

AngelWings
05-20-2009, 09:02 PM
i think it means she was born in 2006? i have no idea about the other numbers/letters though :o

Bethany
05-20-2009, 09:30 PM
I thought it was the
27 baby born in 2006
Born in 06
And ARL and the letters of the name of breeder...

braveheartdogs
05-20-2009, 10:54 PM
Thank you for posting this. The only bird I have with a leg band is my oldest Cockatiel, Poupon. I got him from my best friends husband when my friend passed away. She had gotten him from someone else as an adult. I have always wondered how to read the information. Do you know if the numbers on his band work the same was as you described the budgies to read?

Thank you!

Vicki:budgie:

Angelic Vampyre
05-20-2009, 11:57 PM
The chip is the size of a grain of rice. That's still a bit large to inject under the skin of a budgie size bird. Also in many cases the cost is pretty high to use for budgies.

In Australia most vets will not put them into anything smaller such as a cockatiel, Budgies, Love Bird, Quaker and Green cheeks as they say the chip and the needle are to big.

In Australia we have bands as well but only Show Type Budgies are Suppose to be banded but I sometimes band a Pet type on the request of the new owner.

Our bands are a little different and will try and get photos as soon as I can.

We have one of two codes on our bands "BCV" for all "non coded" bands in Victoria (stands for Budgie Council of Victoria) the other states will have their code on it.

We then that the year -9 etc... then then a number. If you have a BCV band then you just get the next run of numbers so my 09 bands have 1401 on them and upwards. If you get a "coded" band you have an individual code.

This year my non coded rings read "BCV -9 1401" and are red

So last year my coded ones read "OS1 -8 0001" and where black

We also have coloured bands for years over here this is what they are

2000 - Gold
2001 - Green
2002 - Black
2003 - Red
2004 - Blue
2005 - Purple
2006 - Gold
2007 - Green
2008 - Black
2009 - Red
2010 - Blue


As stated before a close ring HAS to go on when the Budgie is about 10 days old. If you miss this window forget about it you can break toes and legs trying to get them on (I have done this with a 12 day old I thought the ring would fit and was a bit rough and broke his toe, I felt horrible)

If your bird has NEVER worn a ring do not put on on them as they can get things like obessive chewing even after the leg is removed, split rights can also get caught in the beak and I have seen birds with their heads suck to their legs thanks to split rings.

Larger birds rings are different. My Green Cheeks have a breeders code and a number my quakers have rounded sliver ones with just numbers on them.

For my Love birds I will order straight numbered leg rings in different colours and will match the colours with that of the Budgie years so that I have a reference and then group the numbers to the next so I know that those numbered from 10 - 19 are out of nest 1, 20 - 29 are out of nest 2 etc....

OUtside of Budgies I have found that rings on other birds are a bit of a hit and a miss with giving you any more info then a way to ID the bird.

If you really want to know more about your bird call your local Budgie club read them the numbers and they should be able to tell you the breeder, however (and I hate to say this) don't be suprised if the breeder treats your bird as another number in a book if they can remember the bird at all because you have to remember that alot of show breeders have upto 200 nest boxes down (if not more) and see every bird as a step closer to winning that top prize.