How do you tell your chickens apart???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jbh06, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. jbh06

    jbh06 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    Columbia County, NY
    I have 4 golden comets (that look more like RIRs) that all look identical, and 2 Tetra tints that look the same. I was just curious what you use to tell them apart. Ankle tags?? Thanks
  2. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    When we had 50 chickens and 9 roosters it took a bit, but after awhile you'll just know. [​IMG] They all have different personalities, and slight marking differences that you will notice. GOOD LUCK!!
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    That's really a good one......

    There are plastic leg rings that are sold on ebay for not much -- If you chickens are fully grown and you find the size that fits, that would be one way. I will edit with a link if I find some tonight.

    If you really study them you may find that there is some difference in their beak coloring, the shape of their comb---or their feathering. For example one Golden Comet may have more white feathers visible in her wing or tail than another.

    I bought some from the first seller....may put one on tomorrow when I give the chickens their monthly check up
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  4. chickengoober

    chickengoober Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2011
    Belton, TX
    You might try some colored leg bands [​IMG]
  5. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    HOnestly, I have a few Barred rock that I do not have a clue.
    But generally speaking.they show a personality difference
  6. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    at the feed stores they have colored bands you put on their legs. I use those.
  7. jbh06

    jbh06 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 29, 2011
    Columbia County, NY
    Thanks, I will look for leg bands. My golden comets do not have any white at all. They are completely dark like a RIR. Three always travel around the yard together, and one is usually alone. That is the only thing I can see a difference in.
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Originally, I got different breeds just to avoid that problem. As time passed, I managed to get a few "duplicate" breeds but have been able to tell them apart after a while, because their personalities are all different. However, there are differences in their beaks, their feathering colors or patterns, their vocalizations, etc.
  9. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:I see what you mean....that would make it even harder. Leg bands would certainly help!
  10. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    for my birds that look alike (like my Jersey girls)
    I use color coded zip ties. So now with my Jersey girls I know Neon Orange is Jersey and Neon Pink is Liquorish!

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