I always start banding the babies on the 5th day, unless they're obviously too small. All babies are different, so some may grow faster and bigger, and others may not. 6 or 7 days old is good, just keep putting on the bands til they stay
Just keep puttin' em on till they stay on. All babies don't grow at the same rate nor are they all the same size. I've got babies that I band at 5 days old. Just that strain of BIG birds. I've got others that I could just as easily band at 7, maybe even 8 days old, but I always try at 6. Most stay on, but not always. Don't worry about it.I banded two babies yesterday, this morning both bands were off, so then I banded this morning and then just checked and they were off so then I put them on again, and I will see what happens tomorrow. Yesterday they were six days old, today they were a week old. In my other thread people said to band on 6 to seven day. Is it normal for them to fall of, or should I wait a little bit longer?
Well, I'm here to tell ya, I've crawled in the muck and mire under the aviaries a few times to retrieve bands.....so they WILL take them all the way outside and throw them out.Same Here!, I will start about 6 to 7 days and always check the next day.Some stay some dont some I find in the nest bowl some on the floor,I have heard the parents will take them out of the bowl but have never seen that happen.Just keep checking it will only take missing one and letting it get to big to band to learn a lesson.That happened to me! Jeff
I've had that happen...so when it happens I start looking outside first.Well, I'm here to tell ya, I've crawled in the muck and mire under the aviaries a few times to retrieve bands.....so they WILL take them all the way outside and throw them out.
After feeding them, I leave some feed with the breeders but not too much. I want the baby's crop to actually get almost empty before the next feeding to prevent sour crops. Sorry If I'm getting this thread off track....if your bands are still falling off after the 8th day your pigeons are not feeding those babys enuf and if you can keep food in their nest box as Renee always suggests so the parent have it there 24/7 you will do much better