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Identifying Ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ctptcha, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Ctptcha

    Ctptcha Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!
    I am hatching a nice big batch of eggs now, and I was wondering if there is a way to differentiate each duckling without using leg rings? Can I use a dab of sharpie on their (I don't know how to call it) fluff?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would not use Sharpie on them, no.... But I don't know what you could use.... might organic food coloring - work?

    May I ask what you need to be able to do, that you must mark them so early?

    Knowing the reason might help folks come up with options.
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the objection against leg bands? I'm planning on colored zip ties for my next hatch since I never remember to remove the leg bands when I bring them to the processor.
     
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    leg bands or zip ties checked every day or two would be the easiest option
     
  5. Ctptcha

    Ctptcha Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay! Thanks :) this is the first time I've done this... I'm doing it because I have different breeds of ducks hatching and I want to be able to tell them apart. Is it bad for them? Can it hurt them?
     
  6. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, is what bad for them? The zip tie? No, only if it gets tight around their legs.
     

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