Why do breeders band?
*This is the best, best place to go if you are looking to trace a band number!!! There are also databases for people who want to track the band on their bird. One yahoo group exists to help trace bands. Here is the link for joining up with them:
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/LegBandNumbers/join For safety purposes, do not list your birds' band number on public sites since it is your private identification of your bird that no one should know except you and your Vet.
I do have a list of breeders and bands that may help you. Click here to browse through it.
Why do we breeders band? There are quite a few reasons. One is that you can always identify your bird! Thus, if someone loses a bird off into the wild blue yonder, you can definitely identify your bird. (there is also micro chipping)
It also gives a parrot buyer information when they buy a "second hand" parrot. For example, when I got my Eclectus pair, I took the info off of their bands and had the breeder's name and number by that afternoon. There are quite a few band directories out there and then L&M bands is always willing to help if the breeder has OK'd the release of info. I could find out if my Eclectus pair were related and thus determine whether they were appropriate as a breeding pair. Their breeder also specialized in Eclectus and had lots of nutritional tips for me!
We buy our bands from L & M bands, but use Perler beads from Walmart to band our Gouldians. For Green Cheeks, we use the "large cockatiel size." L & M used to recommend size 9 for Green Cheeks, but that is just too big for them.
My bands also have dates on them so someone can always tell the age of the bird. Many breeders do not do this because they do not want to throw out unused bands when 2003 turns into 2004. They also may not want to mess up their numbering sequence. This is just my opinion, but I disagree and wish all breeders would splurge and date their bands.
Here is another situation....... I bought a new pair of Pionus, one has a band and one does not. I can thus find out the age and the breeder of one and I know nothing about the other. What if I wanted to pair her up with someone else? I would not know if I was inbreeding or not. The only information I have is what the previous owner told me.
Also, with any mutations of birds, it's important to know what colors the parents are/were, before setting them up to breed, if you want to breed for certain color mutations. If there are records kept on the parental colors, the mutations can be tracked. Banding is very important to keep these records straight!
A good breeder should be able to look back into their records and know parentage, hatch dates and who the baby went to when given any particular band number. If you are looking at a band and want to know who the breeder is, it may be on this list.
Some bird owners prefer to have their baby micro chipped due to safety reasons. However, for the smaller species of birds, micro chipping is not advisable. I have heard of birds getting caught and injured by their band, but I have yet to have it happen here and we have many, many more birds than your usual home, and I have yet to have any of our baby buyers call me with a problem. The band does need to be a proper fit. I did get a call recently from the buyer of our seventh Sun Conure baby. This baby was old, for we have not raised Suns for a long time. The owner told me that her bird's happy hut (these are not a safe toy unless they are maintained) has strings and threads tangled up in her bird's "bracelet." The fear in this owner's voice was apparent so I finally packed up my girls and drove to her home. Yes, the happy hut was all tangled up in this bird's foot, but the band had nothing to do with her situation. Loose strings were intertwined throughout toes, but not through the band.
I repeat****This is the best, best place to go if you are looking to trace a band number!!! There are also databases for people who want to track the band on their bird. One yahoo group exists to help trace bands. Here is the link for joining up with them:
Here are some good articles on quarantine stations and their codes, and how to get more information on a birds band.
Click here to see a band being put on a baby bird. The ointment rubbed on this baby's foot prior to banding is Neosporin. It helps the band slip on and makes for a great foot massage!
www.shadypines.com/banding.htm This is an article put out by Shady Pines Aviary on banding and why we breeders feel it is responsible to do so.
Here is another article
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