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how to identify my chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by redsullivan, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. redsullivan

    redsullivan Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I live in PA and had two chickens who passed away. Yesterday I got 6 new Black Australorp hens (about 16 weeks old). My problem, they all look the same and I want to be able to tell one from another. Is there an easy way to identify them that won't hurt them?
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
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    Leg Bands would do the trick.....
     
  3. redsullivan

    redsullivan Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks - where does a person get leg bands? Are they hard to put on?[​IMG]
     
  4. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
    You can use small colored wire-ties or zip-ties as they are sometime called. Just leave them a little loose on the leg and they last a looooong time!
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  5. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Utah
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] - never thought of zip ties!
     
  6. redsullivan

    redsullivan Out Of The Brooder

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    You mean the plastic ones right - that once you tighten they don't back up?
     
  7. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
    Quote:Yep! That's the ones!
     
  8. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    We use zip ties and keep an eye on them.
    we replace them every few weeks on young birds. Keep them loose and cut off the ends.
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI. You can also check farm or feedstores or check online...just google legbands, they come in different sizes and usually there is a listing as to breeds and size band. They come in various colors
     

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