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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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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 Songster

    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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