Hello everybody, I raised poultry for many years, but I never was a selective breeder. I am going to breed some bantams now, need ideas for birds identification since I have no experience with that. What are you using for bantams ID? I see one of the systems is a toe punching, but it has a limitation to 16 characters due to only 2 spots on each leg you can mark the chicks toes. Then there are bands, spirals etc. I want to try permanent marker on my first hatch to begin with. Any ideas how long the marker will last on wings (feathers). How about marking the legs using permanent marker? Would the marker ink be toxic for the bird skin since marking the legs is involved? Perhaps some of you have some ingenious or unusual way of marking the birds you would like to share? Wishing everybody very successful and happy Chicken Year!