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Posted 22nd December 2007, 06:18 AM
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At what age do you band racing pigeons


I am trying to work out a schedule and one of the things I will need to know is at how many days old do you band them. I know it will depend on the size of the birds, but what would be the average. Day 7 ? Day 10 ??

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Posted 22nd December 2007, 06:39 AM
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I did my first ever banding about a month ago. At 5 days the bands fell off. Day 6 one stayed on. Day 7 one baby was to big to get the band on. A friend told me he could band as old as the 10th day but he was to far from me to show me how.
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Posted 22nd December 2007, 06:40 AM
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Hi Mark,

I would start looking at them at 5 days. Sometimes they can get big quick. I know it is a pain to get a band on a bird that is too big. I have heard of guys breaking toes in order to get bands on. I would rather band a few days earlier and check them every day to see if they have fallen off. Just my 2 cents though.

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Posted 22nd December 2007, 06:47 AM
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I start looking to band at 6 days, with the exception of one pair of birds. 9 times out of 10 I can band their babies at 5 days and they'll stay on. If the band comes off, I have always been able to find it. Usually the parents take it out into the aviary and drop it. I've crawled around in poop to get a band.
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Posted 22nd December 2007, 07:21 AM
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Thank you. That is what I needed to know.

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Posted 22nd December 2007, 09:05 AM
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If a bird gets to big to bans (e.i. 10 th day) then just run a little vic's on the foot and push... it'll slip on... but it will take a little experience.
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