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1. Check the bird list for a bird leg size guide or try the "Bird Leg Band Size Calculator" below.    
2. Measure how many millimetres around the bird's leg. Enter the measurement, then click "Calclulate". mm
3. Choose a leg band size that is slightly wider than the bird leg diameter. Not too tight or too loose. mm Bird leg diameter.
4. Order bird bands online. Check your bird's leg occasionally after puting on leg bands to make sure that there are no problems

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Why use bird leg rings?
It can be hard to tell birds apart. Leg bands make it easy.
Keep track of how old your birds are.
Keep track of what birds are related.
Identify your breeding pairs.
Identify males and females in breeds where both look similar.

Should I put the leg ring on the left leg or on the right leg?
It doesn't matter what leg that you band but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
This allows easier identification of bird breeds where males and females both look similar.
If the sex is unknown band the left leg. (The left side of a bird is the same as your left side if you and the bird are facing in the same direction.)
Some breeders place bands on both legs.

What is a good bird leg banding system to use to identify birds?
Year band showing the year of birth.
Easily identify younger from older birds.
Coloured leg band to identify bird family groups and with a number to identify individuals.

Should you use open split bands or closed bands?
Open split bands are good for identification of birds. They can be applied at any time on young or old birds and are designed to be removed.
Closed bands are good for a permanent record such as showing the year of birth. They can only be applied on young birds at around 9 days old and are not designed to be removed.

Why use a Year Band?
The bird breeder benefits as they can easily determine younger from older birds. The bird buyer benefits as they know the age of the birds that they are purchasing.

These Year Band colours are based on what some bird organisations are already using around the world.
The International Ornithological Association (I.O.A.), World Budgerigar Organisation (W.B.O.) & Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale (C.O.M.) use a six year rotation. Year 2015 Violet, Year 2016 Orange, Year 2017 Blue, Year 2018 Red, Year 2019 Black, Year 2020 Green, etc.
Other individual clubs use different sets of colours for the same purpose.

Gradually bird clubs have been changing over to the "international colours".
It doesn't really matter what colours are used as the year is also printed on the bands, but it is good to have a consistent system with different colours for each year.

How can bird leg rings improve the fertility of your birds?
Leg bands will not make your birds more fertile but will help you to identify the most prolific and reliable birds for breeding.
By banding the babies you will know what birds are related and who the parents are.
If there are any outstanding birds you will know what families to breed from next year.

What is the difference between a bird ring and a bird band?
A bird "ring" and a bird "band" are the same item.
Known as Bird Rings in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Known as Bird Bands in the United States and other countries.

Who buys bird leg bands?
Bird Keepers.
Bird Breeders.
Bird Clubs.
Bird Dealers.
Bird Parks.
Bird Rescue.
Bird Researchers.
Bird Sanctuaries.
Bird Watchers.
Bat Carers.
Arts and Craft.
Animal Rescue.
Convention Organisers.
Government Departments.
Jewelry Designers.
Lanyard Designers.
Pet Shops.
Plant identification tagging.
Poultry Farmers.
Prawn Farms.
Produce Stores.
Vets, Veterinarians.
Wedding Reception Decorators.
Wildlife Parks.
Wildlife Rescue.
Wildlife Researchers.

How do you put on plastic bird leg bands / leg rings?

Open leg banding instructions for applying plastic open split bird leg bands / leg rings.

Application tool with band. Hold the bird's leg. Tool along side the leg. Slide band onto leg. Check that band is closed.

Closed leg banding instructions
for applying closed bird leg bands / leg rings.

Use closed bands on birds that are still in the nest around 9 days old, while their foot is still small enough to fit through the band.
Hold the bird's leg. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the bird's foot.
Hold the front toes together and slide them through the band. If they don't slip through, the bird might be too old to use a closed band.
Continue sliding the band over the back toe. If it gets caught you can use a toothpick or similar tool to help pick it through.
Check that the band does not fall off. Check that the toes are not injured.


How do you put on open metal bird leg bands / leg rings?

Open leg banding instructions
for applying aluminium & stainless steel metal open split bird leg bands / leg rings.

Place the leg band in pliers with the band opening facing towards the open front of the pliers.
Place the opened leg band over the birds leg, between the birds knee and ankle.
Close the pliers until the ends of the band meet together.
To finish closing the band and to make a round shape, turn the band 90 degrees so that the opening faces the side of the pliers.
Close the pliers until the shape of the band is round. Do not squash the band too far onto the birds leg.

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