Best way to Identify One Chicken from the other? CableTies Question p2

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by barg, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    What’s the best thing to put on chickens to identify them from each other?
    I’m looking for something permanent.

    I have always been able to tell my chickens apart, but now that they are maturing, Mrs.Nezbit and Emerald, the Australorps, are becoming indistinguishable.

    The only way for me to tell them apart now is by the discoloring on Emeralds beak that was caused by a slight injury.
    They used to have very different combs and wattle and Emerald was smaller, but that has changed.
    The tan-ish color on Emeralds beak is disappearing and very soon they will look identical.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2007
  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use coil bands that are different colors. They work great! You can buy them almost anywhere. I got some extras off of a lady here at BYC. Just make sure they are big enough around the birds leg.
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    I know what you mean about not being able to identify birds! I have White Rocks and they all look like... well, big white chickens!!! [​IMG]
    I like to use cable ties. You can get them at Home Depot or any hardware store. I pull them small enough not to be tight around the leg. They come in many different colors and the chickens don't seem to pay much attention to them.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    All mine are different breeds except my 3 buff turkens, but one had a completely naked neck, one has a pretty frilly bib and one looks like she can't make up her mind what to wear. I do have 2 ducks that I can't tell apart. Technically one is Lady and one is Lassie, but I just call them The Quack Sisters.
  5. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    LOL... I was talking to speckledhen about this one day LOL... told her that I was going to start dying their tail feathers different colors so that I could tell them apart!!! [​IMG]
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    OMG! My secret is out! I have been known, on occassion, to grab a bottle of food coloring.[​IMG]
  7. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
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  8. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
  9. imloulou

    imloulou In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Florida Gulf Coast
    LOL...we painted their toenails at first but that rubbed off in a few days [​IMG]

    We started calling our White Rocks "One of the Pearls"...and our Black Australorps "One of the Inkys" we have 2 chickens named Pearl and 2 named works for us!!

    I love reading all the other stories!!

    Last edited: Sep 2, 2007
  10. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    [​IMG] I was wondering about finger nail polish... but didnt know if it would be toxic or if it would just come off... good thing I havent done any of that yet LOL...

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