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I am raising some chicks for a project at school and I need a safe way to mark them to be able to tell them apart. I heard food coloring works. DO you have to dilute it or can I just put a little dot on them?

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The issue with topical marking of the down is how rapidly they shed that down and, depending on breed, the color of the down itself.  An easier way to mark them is to use leg bands (you can use actual poultry bands or even colored zip ties)....as you will be monitoring them anyway you will be able to keep an eye on the band and replace as growth makes it necessary.

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i agree with @Ol Grey Mare

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Own 3 ducks, 5 pigeons and 13 chickens

 

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Poultry obsessed and proud!  

 

God's not dead

 

Own 3 ducks, 5 pigeons and 13 chickens

 

Whovian for life

 

#WHOLOCK

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post #4 of 5

if you do use leg bands make sure you get ones that will fit them when they grow up and if you do the zip ties make it a bit loose so you can cut it when they grow out of it. t

Poultry obsessed and proud!  

 

God's not dead

 

Own 3 ducks, 5 pigeons and 13 chickens

 

Whovian for life

 

#WHOLOCK

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Poultry obsessed and proud!  

 

God's not dead

 

Own 3 ducks, 5 pigeons and 13 chickens

 

Whovian for life

 

#WHOLOCK

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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