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Hi. I have a lovely pigeon who I raised for the past few months but who is now ready to be released. I want to make sure that I recognize her when she is released, so that I can continue to feed her and make sure she is safe and well. I don't have any fancy banding equipment, so I was wondering if I could (loosely) tie a bit of brightly colored string to one leg....
Let me know what you think!
 

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No the string is probably the worse thing. If he gets it caught on anything, it wont come off. Do you have any bands at all? if not, I could ship you a snap on band to put around her leg? If your not in a huge hurry. It would probably be wednesday or Thursday before you got it. If you want one PM me.
 

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String is absolutely a terrible idea. No offense. :eek: Just that it can be caught and is a major problem. You can however safely use non-toxic fabric paint. This is recommended by the vet in a service dog program we volunteer for, and they use it on newborn puppies to mark/keep track of them from birth to eight weeks. It stays on a long time and is safe if accidentally ingested. Good luck!
 

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String is absolutely a terrible idea. No offense. :eek: Just that it can be caught and is a major problem. You can however safely use non-toxic fabric paint. This is recommended by the vet in a service dog program we volunteer for, and they use it on newborn puppies to mark/keep track of them from birth to eight weeks. It stays on a long time and is safe if accidentally ingested. Good luck!
Is that what some people use to color their pigeons? I've seen some that looks colorful like a parrot but it's a pigeon. I want to try on some of my pigeons. Where can I get it?
 

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I don't think she meant it as in putting it on the feathers. Paint on feathers = hawk bait, since the dry paint can really disrupt flying, or make it impossible to fly at all (well, if it's on the wings or tail). But I could see maybe putting the paint on the legs. Or hey you could paint its toenails, LOL. Snap bands are a lot easier on us and the birds though ;)
If you want to dye the birds, you'd need to use food coloring.
 

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I'd avoid coloring the birds' bodies given predators noticing what stands out.

If the vet recommends a non-toxic marking agent for the leg, use what the vet says but if you're still worried, find a bird vet. DO NOT do a string, wire or do-it-yourself band of course. My vet told me to not bother with banding unless we were actually planning on release and we weren't so... oh well.
 
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