2017 ABA Seamless Leg Bands Available
Bands may be ordered by using the order form located in this article or by placing your order on the ABA store within the ABA web site: www.bantamclub.com. Shipping charges will apply for ea order so to save money, order enough plus a few more the first time.
These bands are not “required” – however many of our ABA members feel these are a MUST for their breeding programs. They are made of plastic and numbered clearly with ABA, the year (15) and an identifying number. They are “seamless”. They are intended to be placed on “Young – growing” birds. Many ABA members try to put them on the birds when they are around 8-12 weeks old. You try to place them on a growing bird, if they slip off – you try again in a week or so – repeating the process until they stay on. Once on – they are permanent. (The only way to get them off is cut them off) That is why they carry the year on them. – 15 – You will ALWAYS know that these birds were hatched in 2015. It cannot be any other way. What a convenient way to keep track of your birds age. This tool is “Priceless” in the breeding pen! To get yours, use the form and reference chart that follows before we run out….
As a reminder, in addition to the standard awards offered at the annual and semi-annual meets each year, the ABA offers an additional $50 for Champion Bantam and $25 for Reserve Champion if either winner is wearing an appropriately sized seamless ABA leg band. The ABA thanks everyone who has supported this program in the past, as well as our new customers!!
2017 ABA LEGBAND ORDER FORM - All Sizes @.38 ea.
City ____________________ State _____ Zip ___________
C Card #: _______________________
Exp Date ______ Sec Code ______
Total #D (10) Bands ______
Total #E (11) Bands ______
Total #F (13) Bands ______
Total #G (15) Bands ______
Total #H (18) Bands ______
Total # I (20) Bands ______
Total # J (22) Bands ______
Total # K (24) Bands ______
Total Due .38 ea. _______
add s/h $5.00
add s/h $15.00 (Outside US)
Make checks payable to ABA and send order to:
PO Box 127
Augusta, NJ 07822
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.
see attached file - Legband Ref. Chart