How can I tell them apart?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ScissorChick, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    I've got about 20 eggs in the incubator. ( [​IMG] ) But Im the type who has PET chickens,

    and like to keep a file for their birthday, color, and any other extra stuff. SO. My question is, what can I

    put on the chicks to tell them apart when they hatch? I certainly can't keep a file on them when I don't

    know who is who. I've read a bunch of stuff that you can put on them but don't want them pecking and picking

    at each others feet (leg bands). Any ideas?

    thanks. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2011
  2. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds mean but paint a spot on their feathers with a sharpie. like their butts [​IMG]
     
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I have a file too. [​IMG] I photograph each chick and note characteristics like, eye color, leg color (sometimes they have different colored toes), number of toes, feathered legs, etc... Unless you have birds that are perfect "standards" they should have characteristics that you can identify.

    You can also use a drop of food coloring on lighter chicks so you can tell them apart.
     
  4. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i thought i was going to have the same problem with mine since mom and dad were both orange... one was yellow and one came out pure black! maybe you'll be lucky too! [​IMG] mine are all pets too, so i understand... i've got information in my brain for 9 chickens, a rat, a goldfish, a dog, a duck, a horse, 3 mini donkeys, a sheep, and over 50 goats that i have raised.... o_O... i think that's everyone... i honestly don't even know anymore.
     
  5. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    hehe, all mine have names, a picture or two (normally 'bout 500 [​IMG] ) ,

    a file with birthday & Birthtime, what they looked like when I candled the egg,

    color, personality, and on and on. [​IMG] Will the smell of the sharpie not hurt their lungs?

    what about painting a toenail with a certain color of toenail polish?
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  6. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did the toe nail painting, it doesn't last. if the sharpie spot is on their butt then they shouldn't be able to smell the fumes [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011
  7. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    Toe punches!
     
  8. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    Top coat? [​IMG] hah just kidding. Thanks. I'll probably do the sharpie thing [​IMG]

    and maybe the food coloring idea. [​IMG]
     
  9. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    Quote:Toe punches?
     
  10. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:Toe punches?

    I don't think I want to know.
     

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