how to tell whats what

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mxpres, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    the isa browns,the golden comets,and the production reds all look like the same bird,how is the best way to tell one from the other? [​IMG]

  2. Songster

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV
    I don't have those but I do have black Astrolorps...all black. When they're scattering in panic I can't pick one out of the flock but when they're just being their normal selves, I sort of can.

    By behavior. And who they pal around with.

    But I know they sell leg bands for birds. And I read on here someone painted their birds toenails.

    I don't see why you couldn't notch a wing feather or two as well: Debbie has one wingtip notch, Sassy has two, etc. In certain countries they notch cow ears (owww!) so clipping the very end of a wing feather for id purposes wouldn't be painful like that.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have RIRs and ISA Browns. I have colored leg bands on all of my birds. I can tell who is who by the leg bands.
  4. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Your saying that the only way to tell the difference is to know how they were bred?Do the gold comets?production reds,red star,isa browns all have the same laying qualities?thanks,, [​IMG]
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Gold comets, isa browns, red sex-links, etc. are all basically the same thing. These breeds will be a light red color and will have some white in their tail, neck, and maybe some other parts.

    The Production Reds will have black where the Red Sex-links have white.

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