Best and easy way to mark new hatched chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pride&joy, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. pride&joy

    pride&joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am about to incubate several same breed chicks from different lines and would like to keep track of who is who. I have some of the small spiral leg bands but was wondering what other options are out there? Have heard of a toe punch? Thank you in advance for your help.

  2. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    I color a little dot on there back with a crayola marker but id stay away from red cuz they tend to pick at red. [​IMG]
  3. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Toe punch or colored zip ties
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Food color on a cotton ball, apply to head
  5. chickmchickie

    chickmchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    Ely Mn
    my grandmother used food colouring on the top of the head too.. she also painted a toe nail too with nail polish... but as it was posted dont use red lol
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use colored sharpies and put a mark under their chins on their necks.
  7. pride&joy

    pride&joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:can I use a toe punch on a newly hatched chicks, I like the zip tie idea it would have to be an extra small ones. I have seen the spiral leg bands but found them to hard to take on and off those small, soft little feet.
  8. pride&joy

    pride&joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    as always thank you all for your advise............................
  9. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

    Jun 27, 2011
    Bronson, Tx
    I usually just have two different boxes and go through all the chicks at least once a day and check everybody. When one chick as been checked it goes into the empty box and that way I don't check one chick twice or miss one. Then when they're about a week old they're startin to get feathers and are easier to ID

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