RINGS

Rings: how is that practical?
All exhibited birds must be ringed with an official closed ring that is not removable. The ringing of the animals is done at a young age by sliding the ring over the forward-facing toes and then over the back toe, which is pushed against the walking leg. The ring is then placed around the walking leg and when the animal grows, the ring will no longer be removable. Regularly check with young animals that all rings are still around the leg, because when the animals are ringed a little too young, one can lose his or her ring. Also with roosters, it is advisable to slide the ring above the track from a certain age, so that it cannot get trapped between the track and the toes. If the ring is too small for the legs, it is best to remove this ring for animal welfare reasons. This can be done by cutting the ring with a pair of pliers.

What do the letters, numbers and colors mean?
Whoever is confronted with official rings for the first time will often have different questions about what is on it and why there are so many different colors. Therefore a little explanation!
The color of the ring varies with the year according to the following color code:
2017: yellow
2018: blue
2019: green
2020: gray
2021: white
2022: black
2023: yellow
2024: blue
2025: green
2026: gray
2027: white
2028: black

This color is the same for all countries that are affiliated with the AOBA. The color therefore has no special meaning, but makes it easier for the breeder to see from a distance how old a certain animal is, without having to catch it.
There is also a number and letter code on the rings. Let us take as an example ring AOB KE 1317 BN 0655. Here both AOB and 09 will be in a different direction than the rest of the letters and numbers. What do these letters and numbers mean:
AOB refers to the African Ornamental Breeders and is a confirmation that it is an official ring recognized and affiliated with the African Ornamental Breeders Association for the relevant section.
KE refers to the country, in this case Kenya. With Congolese rings there will be CD, with Tanzanian rings a TZ and so on.
13 is the ring size. Each breed has a different leg thickness and must therefore be ringed with the correct ring size to prevent on the one hand that the ring is removable and on the other hand that the ring starts to clamp, which is unpleasant for the animal.
You will then normally find 2 letters, the first letter referring to the section (A for pigeons, B for fowls, C for nominative rings), followed by a second letter indicating the series.
0655 is the individual ring number of this animal.
The unique identification data therefore consists of the two letters and the sequence numbers in order to make a distinction between the different animal species.

Order rings
The rings must be ordered in time. For this you need to know two things: which size or sizes do I need and the number of rings you want. The ring size depends on the breed and can be found on our website at the breed information sheets. The desired number of rings naturally depends on the number of animals that you are going to breed. However, most breeders order fewer rings than the number of chicks they raise, because not every animal is a suitable exhibition animal. So ask the first time some advice from an experienced breeder.
Rings must be ordered from the AOBA distributors using the forms below. Please note, other rings must be ordered for pigeons than for fowls and park and water birds! Certain species of wild park and water birds must also be ringed with nominative rings!