Another newbie question... IDing birds for breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by janchilds, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. janchilds

    janchilds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have always used color bands on the mature birds to tell what group they are from, but now I want to be able to identify specific birds based on pedigrees. If I wait until they are older to put leg bands on there could be some confusion. I saw wing tags in a catalog. Do they work well? I know the brass tags we use in our lambs often fall out as they grow.

    What is the best way to ID chickens. I would prefer to be able to do something before they leave the brooder.

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  2. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...some people use toe punches...
     
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Spiral Breeding techniques, so I have to ID chicks even before they mingle with other clutches. I have certain toenails removed immediately, in conformation to the Spiral:
    All chicks from Line A have they're Leftmost toenail removed...
    Chicks from Line B have middle toenail removed...
    Chicks from Line C have their right toenail removed...
    This doesn't effect the way they walk, tho' I'm told it's a pathetic showing disqualification.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Toe punching could be used for this, and is not a fault for exhibition.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I use wing bands.
    I put them on as chicks and they stay on there whole live.

    Chris
     

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