Chicks I want to keep... How do I mark them so I dont get them mixedup

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dustponds10, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Well I am getting into some chickens that I want to keep just because they are nice birds and I am attached to them. How do you mark chicks so you dont get rid of the wrong ones? Any ideas would be awesome. Dustin
  2. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Berry Creek, Ca
    Colored zip tie on the leg (Leg bands) or if they are light enough colored birds you can mark them with washable, non-toxic marker..
  3. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    My daughter-in-law has small rings made for just that purpose, BUT someone else mentioned that after looking at them closely they thought they could easily make them by cutting small sections of those coiled bracelet-like things that people often wear on their wrist to hold a key, or that are used at casinos to carry a "frequent user" card. They give them to customers for free. Here's a picture of one .
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Mine all have colored zip ties. I've only had to replace them once so far since they were a couple weeks old and they are 5 month olds now.
  5. chickenfeverforever

    chickenfeverforever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    I used colored zipties as well. Lowes sells a tube full of different sizes and colors for I think $6. I like them because they are floresent colors like Hot pink, hot blue, lime green.
  6. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    I use washable crayola markers. One dot on the head is usually enough.

    "Okay, you're green....your name is're bluuuuue......and you're purple."

    Avoid using red, however, because they may confuse the marker ink for blood and peck the poor bird to death.
  7. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Quote:Haha "bluuuuuue" love the emphasis...
  8. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2010
    Cement, OK
    Caught my 11 year old daughter writing their names on tiny slips of paper & using scotch tape to labor them. They had little flags on their legs. She wanted to make sure the new owners knew their names! Within a few hours they had pecked most of them off, so I finally was able to get her to understand they will choke on their name tags. If I did color zip ties I am sure it would encourage her WAY too much

    How do you get the zip ties off? Scared I would hurt the chick.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
  9. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
  10. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    The thought of zip ties on chicks feet scares me ever since a friend of mine told me the story of her bird. One day the bird's leg was swollen and her mom tried to cut the band off the leg (thinking it was too tight) - she cut the bird's leg off!!! I've had nightmares ever since I heard this story!

    Of course, this is the same mom who closed her little dog in the car door, broke the cat's back because it slept in the elevator shaft (yes, they had an elevator in their house!) and then ran the cat over with the car twice. I miss my friend Marie - she told some great stories!!!

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