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how to identify my chickens

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello,

I live in PA and had two chickens who passed away.  Yesterday I got 6 new Black Australorp hens (about 16 weeks old).  My problem, they all look the same and I want to be able to tell one from another.  Is there an easy way to identify them that won't hurt them?

post #2 of 20

welcome-byc

Leg Bands would do the trick.....

1 EE, 1 Buckeye, 2 Blue Rocks, 1 Australorp, 1 BBS Frizzle Cochin and 1 Barred Rock

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1 EE, 1 Buckeye, 2 Blue Rocks, 1 Australorp, 1 BBS Frizzle Cochin and 1 Barred Rock

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post #3 of 20
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Thanks - where does a person get leg bands?  Are they hard to put on?smile

post #4 of 20

You can use small colored wire-ties or zip-ties as they are sometime called. Just leave them a little loose on the leg and they last a looooong time!
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Faith, Hope, and Love... but the greatest of these is "Love"  1st Cor. 13:13
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Faith, Hope, and Love... but the greatest of these is "Love"  1st Cor. 13:13
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post #5 of 20

frow and welcome-byc - never thought of zip ties!

If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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post #6 of 20
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You mean the plastic ones right - that once you tighten they don't back up?

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Originally Posted by redsullivan 

You mean the plastic ones right - that once you tighten they don't back up?


Yep! That's the ones!

Faith, Hope, and Love... but the greatest of these is "Love"  1st Cor. 13:13
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Faith, Hope, and Love... but the greatest of these is "Love"  1st Cor. 13:13
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post #8 of 20

We use zip ties and keep an eye on them. 
we replace them every few weeks on young birds.  Keep them loose and cut off the ends.

mostly orps here!  We have five daughters, one foster son and 18 grandchildren and 9  great-grandchildren by this September!  Yes, there is a God

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mostly orps here!  We have five daughters, one foster son and 18 grandchildren and 9  great-grandchildren by this September!  Yes, there is a God

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post #9 of 20

I use numbered bandettes on my birds.  It's really a good sure way to keep data on your flock.  http://www.cutlersupply.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6_89&zenid=mvq9p3ebgr7tjivjo96ggbgt21

When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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post #10 of 20

welcome-byc from WI. You can also check farm or feedstores or check online...just google legbands, they come in different sizes and usually there is a listing as to breeds and size band. They come in various colors

1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 2 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Australorp, 1 Speckled Sussex and soon to hatch Blue Marans and Olive Egger plus the resident Malamute and 4 house cats
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1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 2 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Australorp, 1 Speckled Sussex and soon to hatch Blue Marans and Olive Egger plus the resident Malamute and 4 house cats
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