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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)


[IMG]http://www.****************/i_legband1.jpg[/IMG]
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


[IMG]http://www.****************/i_legband2.jpg[/IMG]

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


[IMG]http://www.****************/i_legband3.jpg[/IMG]

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)


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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.

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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
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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!
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great post!!! I had read this on some site before and couldn't find it again.
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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?
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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.
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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.

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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

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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.
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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?
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