Food Color Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dark4, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Dark4

    Dark4 Out Of The Brooder

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    My little white Silkies will hatch in about a week and a half now and when they hatch I want to be able to tell them apart before putting them in the brooder. so I was wondering if I could put a tiny spot of food color on there wings, will it harm them? or make the others pick on each other?
     
  2. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought some non-toxic washable kids markers to dot mine with. [​IMG]
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as it's non-toxic dye, it won't hurt them. I'd suggest coloring the nape of the neck for maximum safety, as they won't be able to reach that area when preening and spread or ingest the dye.
     
  4. Supermommy486

    Supermommy486 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also don't use red!
     
  5. scarter

    scarter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hatchery puts a mark on their heads if you ask them to separate. We ordered for three families once and this is what they did.
     

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