Ringing your birds.
• To those who are new to the fancy and confronted with the task of fitting legs rings for the first time I offer the following observations;
• SPLIT RINGS.
• If the species you keep allows you to fit split rings then I would suggest that these should be the preferred ones that you fit. They allow greater flexibility in when you have fit them and are very simple to apply as they only need closing using your forefinger and thumb.
• The downside to these is that unscrupulous elements within the fancy are able to change these rings very easily for a variety of reasons – none of which are to the advantage of the buyer.
• CLOSED RINGS.
• Most clubs and specialist societies are now strongly recommending that only closed rings are used to avoid any misrepresentation, which is understandable when we look at all of the anti – brigade who are out there and attacking our hobby at every opportunity.
• Closed rings must be fitted at the optimum time when the chick is of a certain age or size. Difficulties arise when after fitting the ring it comes off because the knuckle of the claw is not large enough to stop this from happening. Additionally if a large stud of birds is maintained and work commitments get in the way it can be very difficult to ensure that every bird is attended to at the right time.
• BEST TIME TO FIT RINGS?
• The best time to fit the ring is just before the birds roost for the night as this allows the ring to be put on just before the hen returns to her nest and the young. The ring is therefore not as noticeable to those parents who have a habit of removing their young on a whim just because they have a bright band on their leg. This method is not a guarantee of course and it may even be necessary to camouflage the ring with some sticking plaster or something similar.
• Apart from the obvious reason of fitting rings, namely to carry the year of birth and the origin of the breeder, rings can be used for numerous other reasons with a little thought.
• Should you put ring on the bird’s right or left leg? Does it matter?
• If you normally fit rings to say, the birds right leg you can change this if for example the offspring could be a cinnamon carrier cock or if the offspring has been bred from yellow parentage or any other reason that is meaningful to you.
You can only receive your IGBA coded ring order form by being a current year member.
Should you require more information please contact IGBA Ring Steward