How To easily identify individual chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DENALI, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. DENALI

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking i might have an egg eater I caught all the hens in the coop midday yesterday and thought something was going on so i went out and checked to see them all fighting over an egg shell, what was left of it anyway. I am hoping that maybe one just got broke accidentally and they all partook in a one time treat. But if not i want to stop it right now. Anyhow is there something out there that i can mark the chickens with that is highly visible besides a tiny leg band? I am going to move one of my home surveillance cameras to the coop and aim it at the nest box's and see if i can find the one who is doing this if it is indeed a re occurring thing.
    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Once it gets started it's almost impossible to get them to quit. Collecting the eggs frequently sometimes helps. I've heard some people rotate isolating hens to see if it stops when certain ones are penned up.
     
  3. DENALI

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i am going to catch her/them on camera. I just need to identify each one individually first. They are all RIR's so basically they all look like the same RIR except baldy with her bald head. I have been checking for eggs every hour or so today to try to keep it from happening again. Out of sight out of mind hopefully. I am also going to raise my nesting buckets up off the floor tomorrow to just above their eye level so they cant see an egg in there without hopping up into the nest. Again hopefully out of sight out of mind comes into play.
    If i cant come up with anything i am thinking of painting one feather on each wing of each bird a different color to identify them individually.
     
  4. DENALI

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else have any input?? Thanks
     

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