Marking baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Terrible Speller, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Terrible Speller

    Terrible Speller New Egg

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mark my baby chicks so that we can tell them apart.

    Colored string around their ankles?
    Permanent marker on one of their claws?

    What do you think?
     
  2. jennybee

    jennybee Out Of The Brooder

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    i had some easter egg color that i dabbed on the backs. i don't know if you could use food color too? i don't think it would hurt them.
     
  3. realmofthewoodsranch

    realmofthewoodsranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nail polish on the toenails. You have to reapply, it does wear off after a little while. You can also try zip-ties, but make sure not to put them on too tight, and check them often, those chicks grow fast, and you wouldn't want to lose a foot!
     
  4. russ_t

    russ_t Out Of The Brooder

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    realmofthewoods,

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  5. realmofthewoodsranch

    realmofthewoodsranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, that's a good point.... What's it say now?!
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take sharpies and color on the light colored chicks. Last about about a month. I paint the dark chicks legs with quick drying nail polish. Nail polish only lasts about a weak.
     
  7. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I've done the nontoxic sharpies on light colored chicks. It lasts a few weeks. I had a whole batch of btw japanese bantams with 2 colored wing feathers for 3 weeks.
     

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