Legbands

Legbands

***A LIMITED NUMBER OF 2015 LEG BANDS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. THE 2015 LEG BANDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE ABA STORE. PLEASE E-MAIL THE ABA AT BANTAMCLUB.COM  REGARDING AVAILABILITY AND PAYMENT OPTIONS.***

 

ABA Leg Bands on Large Fowl & Waterfowl

By Russ Crevoiserat

The ABA has been receiving requests about sizing the seamless ABA leg band for use on large poultry. While some may ponder how a bantam size leg band would fit a large fowl, the answer lies in the fact that several years ago, the ABA began selling 18 and 20 millimeter bands for well-feathered feather leg bantams. As some breeders have discovered, these leg bands work just as well on some large fowl.

The ABA provides leg bands sized in millimeters as follows:  10, 11, 13, 15, 18 and 20. It would appear the 13, 15, 18 and 20 millimeters sizes will be most applicable to large fowl poultry. Unfortunately, due to variations in shank sizes within a class (such as American), a breed (such Plymouth Rocks), varieties (such as comparing White Rocks with Partridge Rocks) and even between certain strains within a variety, there is no one size fits all solution for your particular birds. However, knowing the shank size of your birds is the key to determining the correct band size for your birds.

Using a ruler or tape measure, determine the diameter of the shank on a male and female which have the largest shank. There may be variations in your flock and you will want to be certain to find the largest diameter for each sex. Next, you will need to convert the standard measurement to millimeters. Conversions are available on the Internet using Google or any other search engine, but a rough guide is provided below:

Standard Measurement        ABA Millimeter Size

0.5 inch                              13 mm
0.6 inch                              15 mm
0.7 inch                              18 mm
0.8 inch                              20 mm
0.875 inch                          22 mm - new size ( J )

If your size is not listed here, please send an e-mail to the ABA and report the millimeter size for your breeds, varieties and the sexes that you have measured.

The ABA leg bands are made of plastic and color-keyed for a specific year. The band data includes the letters ABA, year, millimeter size and a serial number. Leg band data for each buyer is registered with the ABA office. Waterfowl breeders have reported that the color and data do not fade with wet environments nor do they become brittle with age.

FOR BANTAMS

see attached file - Legband Ref. Chart


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