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Marking baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MoodyChicken, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm getting ready to hatch eggs, and I need to know the exact cross of the chicks. Obviously I have to mark them some how, and I'd like something permanent. Has anyone here ever toe-punched their chicks? If so... Does it hurt them? I'm a real softie for baby chicks, and I don't want to cause them too much pain. Do they bleed? And, what do you use to punch the holes? I know there are fancy tools, but if a household item works just as well, I'd rather use that than buy something. Thanks!
     
  2. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Toe punching hurts and I would assume would make it difficult to walk and leaves permanent damage.

    Use blue, green, black or yellow sharpie Markers! mark a 1 a + or an O on their heads to keep them sorted... re-mark 1x a week. If the chicks are black, use dots of white Craft paint.

    You can also use elastic leg bands and replace them as the babies grow.
     
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am also not a fan of the toe punch. The the other poster said use marker. They also have little rubber bands(like the kind used for braces) that you can put on there legs. Some people even use colored zip ties.
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Toe punching does hurt, and it can bleed. But it doesn't leave permanent damage unless you punch off their toe or something.....

    There is a special tool to buy to do it and you would want to buy some blood stop powder also. It's like piercing an ear.
     
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Land of OZ
    Quote:I thought about marking the head but was afraid that the other chicks may peck at the mark. We tried the sharpie on the back toe but it did not work long.[​IMG]
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Madisonville, TN
    We toe punch ours. [​IMG]
     
  7. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I don't want to hurt them, so that's not going to work for me. That paint idea is great though! How long does the paint stay on? I used to paint their legs with toe nail polish, but that doesn't last very long. And I used to band them too, but they outgrow them so fast.
     
  8. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used Sharpie markers, they don't peck as long as it isn't bright green or red!
    We had to remark weekly as it wore off, but it doesn't hurt em, and I had no access to leg bands...
    Paint lasts longer, but clumps their fuzz /feathers...
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Boise, Idaho
    I for one think the litle platic leg bands are cute . . . all the rage in the chicken fashion world . . . whats a young pullet beauty queen without one????
     
  10. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have three buff orp bantams I couldn't tell apart, and needed to, so I used those livestock marking crayons (they're like an inch around) sold in several different colors -- i marked the backside of their legs -- worked like a charm. In fact, several months later and I can still tell them apart by the markings on their legs. One I call Green Jeans, because both of his legs were marked with green, and it is still there. [​IMG]
     
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