So how do I register as the owner of a pigeon? Do I have to join a club? I have AU bands and will be banning my youngs soon but how do I get it so that if my birds r lost, the person who finds it can track me down? Thanks
The AU automatically records who buys each band. So if you bought the band the bird is wearing, and that bird gets lost, when the person traces it the AU will have it recorded as your bird.
Of course that also means birds received from other people will not be registered as your bird by the AU (well, as far as tracing bands goes)...so if that one gets lost, they can only tell them who the bird was bred by (or more specifically, who bought the band. if you give someone some extra bands you bought, those birds banded with them will be traced back to you )
And that is why you should keep good records of what birds/bands you sell or give away, because one day someone just might be contacting you about a bird that is no longer in your loft!
Many of the Europeon lofts use a rubber ink stamp with their phone number and place it on one of the flight feathers of each wing. Of course this would have to be done each year as the birds molt those feathers each year but a lot of the guys on the other side of the pond use this method. If somebody finds the bird and opens the wing the number is right there.