I know leg bands are the in-thing but I personally feel like if I were a chicken I'd find it annoying to have a plastic or metal ring around my leg for my whole life.
I recently read that chickens can always tell each other apart even in very large flocks of hundreds and they remember each chickens face. So I wondered if I could do it too. Most of my chickens are different breeds but I have two black australorps that look identical if you don't look closely. I have found a few ways of telling them apart:
One is slightly bigger than the other (this only works if they are standing very close together)
One almost always has her tail sticking straight up, the other doesn't.
Ones eyes are bigger than the others, and her irisis are slightly darker than the other.
Ones beak is all dark, the other has a spot of yellow near her nares on her beak.
Ones wattle and comb are, for the time being, bigger and brighter than the others.
They act a little different but as they get closer to being old enough to lay they have swapped dominance roles. I am curious to know what nuances you all notice in your similar looking chooks?