how can i mark the chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sydney13, May 26, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

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    i have 25 chicks and 5 of each breed and i am giving 20 of them away to a friend. i want to pick the most friendliest of them to keep so is their any way i could mark the chicks that i want to keep a few days before i get rid of the others? it wouldn't be safe to put a dot of nail polish on their fur just to mark the nice ones would it?
     
  2. FiveHens

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    I've read you can do it with a washable marker on the back of their necks; it won't stay on long as they are constantly growing new feathers; but it should be enough.
    Oh, yeah: don't use red, they pick at it.
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    I use the waxy cattle crayons from TSC. I rub them on a piece of wood to get it smooshy, then take my finger and wipe it on the chick, comes in hot pink, green, blue & orange.
     
  4. nelgkel

    nelgkel Songster

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    I have seen people use zip ties on their legs...not too tightly though
     
  5. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    I used a sharpie! I know other people use nail polish on their toes, but a line on their head works great for me.
     
  6. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    I use food coloring (although maybe I'll have to try the Sharpie idea - thanks, SpringChickens [​IMG] ). I have four chicks marked that way right now. Three have dots on their tummies, and one has one under her wing. Last year our rooster came marked with a dot on his head, which we re-dyed after a while to keep track of him. I decided to mark these girls on their tummies so I could tell which one was which if I wanted, but not have such noticeable dots on their heads.
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    We also use blue, green and yellow food coloring on the head or back.
     
  8. Birdgirl

    Birdgirl Songster

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    depends on age, I have marked with a marker on their head when first hatched, and zip tie when a month or older
     
  9. Breac

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    I'd avoid using nail polish, but if you have any washable children's markers, a dot on the head with one of those works wonders.
     
  10. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    zip ties
     

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