Ink on chicks head?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dingo, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    A few days ago I got an extra light brahma in case the one with a bum eye doesn't make it.
    The new one was in a bin of straight run chicks at TSC, and had a spot on it's head. I thought it might just be a weird marking but now it's fading and appears to have been an ink mark, it's not poo or food. It looks like it may have been blue or black ink. So could a sexed chick have made in into an order of SR chicks? Do hatcheries use different colors for different sexes, or could they have put a blue or black mark on a pullet?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Some hatcheries definitely ink mark the heads of some chicks. I don't know whether this is always for sex, though. They may do it for breed as well. And it's not unusual at all to find chicks in the wrong bin at TSC -- I have found this myself, and have read about it many times here. I've even seen a TSC employee put one in the wrong bin.
  3. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    It definitely looks like a brahma, feathered legs and all. I dont think this was a case of the misplaced chick, they only had one feather legged breed last week. It was the only one in the bin that had the mark on the head. I'm hoping it's a sexed pullet that made it into the wrong order. [​IMG]
    Guess we;ll have to wait and see.

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