How do I tell my new chickens apart?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mollymoo, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. mollymoo

    mollymoo New Egg

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    Hi, I am new to Backyard Chickens and even newer to raising chickens! We finished our coop on Sunday and soon after bought four light Sussex hens. They are delightful - I am in love with them already - but I can't tell them apart! We spent a lot of time discussing names for our girls, but now can't allocate names when we don't know which is which! How do we do it? This may be a really silly question, but please be kind as I am such a newbie to chicken rearing.[​IMG]
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    An easy way to tell them apart would be to put colored leg bands on each hen! I did that when I had several of the same breed and their individual personalities/traits hadn't shown yet. I used colored zip tiess, with excess trimmed off after application. Keep them loose, but not so loose they slip off the foot or over their 'knee' joint on the upper part of the leg. And make sure to check every few days for tightness, and replace as needed. I always like bands to have wiggle room.
     
  3. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

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    Try looking at their combs, there is a good chance they are different enough for you to use those to tell them apart. I do that with my Dorkings. [​IMG]
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    You could even use a sharpie to put a dot on a different toe or toenail for each chick, until you learn their differences.
     
  5. KFox

    KFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use food coloring on a feather or two. Just don't use red. [​IMG]
     
  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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