can I paint my baby chicks' toenails?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by animallover505, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. I'm about to get about 45 chicks. Can I paint their toenails to tell them apart? Or would there be a better way?
  2. ashl768

    ashl768 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2013
    Lol I considered this too, surely it would be ok... Any experts opinions? Gotta be less annoying than a zip tie or band around the ankle....??
  3. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2012
    Try to avoid red... Chickens like to peck at blood spots
  4. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 2, 2011
    I was going to mention the same thing... even when my girls were chicks, they would go mad pecking at my daughters fingernail paint. I think it would make for some mad toe picking!

    They have chick leg bands.. maybe that is a bit better?

  5. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2011
    Newalla, Oklahoma
    I have done this. And would encourage you to find a better way to do it. My experience was it was very hard to put on as you hve to hold them and wait for them to dry with feet kicking up etc. then the next day I went in and half of them had lost their color. I did blue and pink for boys vs girls (my guesses) but most of the times it didn't last 24 hours.

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