chicken identification

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by carld1121, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. carld1121

    carld1121 Out Of The Brooder

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    any good ideas on how to identify different generations. ive thought of some sort of color coded system but can't figure out what to use?
     
  2. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read and plan on using different color zip ties/cable ties around the leg but you will just have to make sure they are not too tight or too loose! :) hope this helps, Jack
     
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  3. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think a lot of breeders toe punch, but you can also use various combinations of leg bands (spiral bands, zip ties, etc.).
     
  4. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Zip ties have been working great for us for years. Depending how young the chicks are when they receive the band you will need to replace it as they grow.
     
  5. carld1121

    carld1121 Out Of The Brooder

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    i dont think i even wanna know what toe punching is but where do you get your zip ties?
     
  6. backyardjack

    backyardjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got mine off of ebay they quite cheap, they were about 2 or 3 pounds for 200 but they are little ones because I wanted to put them on my baby chicks! I dont if that helps because i'm in the uk but I just thought I would say :)
     
  7. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use colored spiral bands. One color is for the year born. As soon as I can tell, I add blue for boys, all others are girls. I do cull all but 2 of my boys. Any girl that exhibits a trait I'm selecting for, first to lay, largest, broodiness, best color... get's the addition of a green legband granting her breeding privileges. Any girl exhibiting a trait i do not want in my flock, feathered feet, poor conformation, poor laying record... gets an orange leg band showing that her eggs are not to be hatched though she remains as a layer. I will have to move to numbered leg bands for the breeders soon as i am developing 2 families in my flock so i can outcross with in the same flock. And without some way to differentiate the 2 families I could end up with inbreeding.
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you know what works really well and won't cause problems as the chicks legs grow? Nail polish. It comes in every darned color under the sun and it last quite a while. I was using plastic hair bands, but they would work down onto the toes sometimes, causing a real problem.

    I have five Welsummers that are so identical I still have trouble telling them apart. I needed to be able to know which one has the injured feet so I don't have to catch and inspect all five every time I want to check on the progress of her healing. So I painted little bands of color on the leg just above the foot on three of them that don't have any real distinguishing features.

    Granted, it probably wouldn't be an efficient method when you have two dozen chicks or more, but for five or six, you can't beat nail polish.
     
  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    That is a great idea, the nail polish
     
  10. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    And so many colors to choose from! [​IMG]
     

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