There are certainly a variety of Leg Bands in the market these days as well as methods and techniques for applying these bands. Once you have an understanding on the type of leg bands and methods associated for each one, putting them on the bird is fairly easy.
For those who don't know too much about leg Bands, they are primarily used for identifying families, sexes or individuals. I use my bands to clearly identify and record pairs, clutches and individual birds introduced to the aviary. Remember to take note of the leg bands and their the history associated with them. When I first started I didn't have that many birds and thought I could manage remembering the offspring and pairs but it just got way to confusing. Feel free to use our two standard templates:
1. Single Bird Data Sheet
2. Pair Data sheet and Breeding record.
Finch Leg Bands ranges in sizes from 2mm up to 2.5mm, anything after 2.5mm generally puts you in the small to large canary range and therefore not suitable for finches. As in both products there are risks associated and you must be mindful of the potential health issues faced by poor application of Leg Rings/Bands. Poor application can result in Bruising, Cuts, fractures of your birds legs which would lead to potential death. Ensure you also choose the right size band for your species. Your local supplier will also assist you with this.
Let's take a quick look at the types and sizes of Leg bands.
SPLIT PLASTIC/ALUMINIUM RINGS
Split plastic rings (also known as open bands) are great as they are very easy to place on the birds leg and can also be removed at any time. I have used mostly open plastic rings fro my birds as I find them easy to place. For the beginners out there, go with this product and technique. You are provided with a tool that open the ring for enough for it to be slid on to the birds leg. I have not seen many plastic bands that come with numbers so please bear this in mind.
Method of applying Split / Open Leg Ring
1. Slide the band on the tool provided
2. Slide band to allow room for birds leg in the opening split
3. Place leg into opening
4. Slide tool away holding band in place
Sizing: Small Finch - 2.3mm / Large Finch - 2.5mm
ALUMINIUM CLOSED RINGS
These rings are a permanent form of identification. They are normally placed on young's bird whilst in the nest or soon after leaving it. This is because the birds toes are still small enough to fit through the band. They are customisable and come in a variety of sizes and colours. This product requires a bit more technique and confidence when holding young birds.