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In recent years, the aluminum DA legband has become slightly thicker due to the surface coating that has been added. Also, it is less shiny and slightly heavier than the bare aluminum rings we used in the past. The reason for this has to do with availability of stock.
The Manufacturing Process
DA inscriptions are pressed into aluminum tubing during a machine process that imprints each inscription before cutting the tube. Each inscription should form a recess deep enough to allow carbon or paint to become safely embedded inside. This recess helps to preserve the visibility of the inscription as well as protect the paint from scratching. Once the tubing has been imprinted, the machine slices each ring from the tubing to exact size.
Know your Inscription
The letters and numerals in the above image represent the maximum number of inscriptions that can be placed on one of our official legbands.
These first two initials represent "Dominion Association".
The breeder number is optional feature that will identify the person that bred the bird. In order to obtain a breeder number, one must request this from either the club ring secretary or from one of the DRCA executive. The breeder number has only two numerals which are located between the initials "DA" and the date. Since these numbers must not match those that are already assigned, great care must be made in their selection.
-then you are looking at a "wild ring.
*All wild rings have only the year inscribed immediately following the initials "DA".
If you have all the band numbers but do not know the name of the breeder that corresponds to it; you can still obtain their identity through either their club secretary or any executive member in the DRCA. You can also contact the President of the DRCA directly.
The only way to apply a closed ring is by slipping them onto the leg. This is done by sliding the ring over the toes at an early age when the feet are still small. Since the bands are only 3.0 mm in size, they are too small to place on feet that continued their growth past one week.
All DA legbands are "closed" rings. Because closed rings have no seam cut into them, they cannot be opened up later in order to remove them. Once banded, the ring cannot be removed unless it is cut off. Cutting a ring destroys the closed band, so it cannot be reused. By way of design, the DA closed band will truly protect the pedigree of your German Roller for life.
Ring prices in the DRCA vary between 55 cents apiece and 75 cents apiece. The price variation depends on which club you are in and whether or not any special levy is imposed on the basic cost of the ring. Each club that imposes a levy on rings, does so in order to help them fund events. Club membership dues will vary in price as well. For more information on our DA clubs, and how you can join, please contact any of the executive members listed on the Canadian Roller Club Page.
Many thanks to Joe Pietrobon (DA breeder number 35) of the Vancouver Roller Canary Society for helping to make this article possible by donating all the numbers used in the above legband example.