How do you distinguish the chickens? How do you label them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yhuang22, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. yhuang22

    yhuang22 In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle River, MD
    I want to be able to tell which chicken is which and give them names. I have 4 Barred Rock and 8 RIR. How should I mark them? Any easy homemade stuff I can use to label them?


  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Most of mine look different so I can remember everybody's names. I do have 2 barred rocks that are just about identical though. You can buy very inexpensive leg bandetts that come in different colors and have numbers on them. I just ordered some from Twin City so that mine can be banded to help the rest of my family ID them all. It will also help in my record keeping for vaccinations, age and breeding.
  3. Hi Jean,

    i never had a problem telling my birds apart until i got six Red Stars. They all look a bit different, but when i go out and they're all swirling around me, it's hard to tell.

    When i was giving them medication i marked their tails with a permanent magic marker after dosing them so i wouldn't accidentally forget one or overdose another. i don't think it hurts them and being on the tail they would not be inclined to try to clean it off. But with the dark red on your RIRs, that may not be an option. You may want to consider colored leg bands. Oops, i see those were just suggested. Probably your best bet.

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  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I know mine by their personalities and because I'm around them alot every day.
    My SO calls every one of my dark hens Lil' Bit. I've tried explaining to him how to tell Lil' Bit apart from the other dark hens, to no avail. [​IMG]
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Leg bands.[​IMG]

  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    If I can't tell them apart well enough I don't bother naming them. A name comes from their individual looks and personality. If I need to tell apart the birds I haven't named I just use leg bands or when the bantam chicks were too small for leg bands I colored 1 or 2 feathers on both wings with nontoxic marker. That only works on lighter colored chickens and it wears off after a few weeks.
  7. wookiee

    wookiee In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2008
    I went to Home Depot, or was it Lowe's or was it Walmart. Doesn't matter.

    They have these baggies of different colored zip ties. I got the assorted colors and got 8 different colors. Zipped them right on the left leg. Cheaper and faster than poultry leg bands and very replaceable if they grow and one gets too tight.
  8. Jay13

    Jay13 Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NC
    I have a policy not to name that which I will eat. So they are just the chickens for now. I suppose when I start a breeding program I will need to find a way to differentiate between the girls.... maybe work up a color code system using the multi colored bands that wookie mentioned...
  9. Songster

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV
    Quote:Great idea!!!! [​IMG]

    Was in looking at the 15 Austrolorp and 10 Black Star babies (hatched 1-21) and getting a headache just trying to tell the two breeds apart, although now I think the Alorps are bigger and look like penguins.

    But when they're turned away and swirling...kinda tough.

    Those babies are gonna be banded when they're bigger!

  10. newchicksmama

    newchicksmama In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    def. do the different colored zip ties, you can get them just about anywhere! i did, i have 4 rir, and put the same color ziptie on both feet, one has blue anklets, yellow, orange and pink it works great now i can tell who is sitting on a nest, hurt etc.

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