I purchased the leg bands pictured via the Internet Birds 2 Grow, a company located in America.
Even with the exchange rate it was cheaper than purchasing them locally. There was a greater range of colours to choose from and the customer service provided by Carol at Birds 2 Grow is excellent.
If more than one nest of hatchlings are due to fledge, I ring them before they fledge. Otherwise they will get mixed up. If there is only the one nest due to fledge then I band them within the first couple of days of fledging.
As you can see opposite it is as easy as one, two, three to band the Gouldians!
Take hold of the Gouldian firmly in your non-master hand and place the loaded leg band applicator in your master hand.
By using your finger you will be able to slide off the coloured band with your finger nail onto the leg of the Gouldian.
If the band does not close properly then VERY CAREFULLY squeeze it and hold closed for two seconds with your fingertips. Make sure though you do not injure or break the fragile leg of the young Gouldian!
I generally use the same colour for the entire nest. If I later get the same sex and head colour from the same nest I can identify them later by adding another colour band to their other leg. Or you can place a permanent marker pen mark on the band.
When I started out I had to have someone else hold the Gouldian whilst I slipped on the leg band.
With practice you will be able to do it alone as I do as shown in the photos opposite!
Coloured leg banding is a great way to keep accurate records of a colony setup. You can sit back and quickly visually identify "who's who" in the colony.
The Gouldian juvenile in the photos opposite is actually Hen 64 who turned into a very nice clear coloured red head. Having fledged in 2001, she had success as a mum in her first year in 2002.