marking chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by warhorse, May 4, 2009.

  1. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hatching out some Ameraucana and some Araucana chicks within a few days of each other soon. Of course, I can tell the difference between the two of them, but I would like to mark the chicks as they hatch as to which ones came from the nicer colored eggs. Are there any suggestions on how to keep track of that? I was going to brood them all together. The broody hen is sitting on the bluest ones and the not so blue ones are in the incubator... a total of 12 under the hen and I think 12 in the incubator.
     
  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think there are bands that go around the legs for chicks.
     
  3. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Really? I thought with them growing so fast that might not be the easiest way. I thought I had heard someone using nail polish or marker?
     
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  5. NewHopePoultry

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    Some people use permement markers & nail polish, others use zip ties(they have to be changed as the chick grows)
     
  6. meme9726

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    You can use marker on the head, just don't use red. It does not last very long but it does the job on light colored chicks. I use the small rubber bands the orthodontists use they come in different colors, you just have to cut them off thier leg in a few weeks.
     
  7. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried using a marker. doesnt last for more than 4 days. I now use the little colored bands. They will last untill birds get bigger and then you gotta change them.
     
  8. HenNewbie

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    I used the markers on 2. I did not use red. The other chicks started pecking the heads of the 2 which were marked.
     
  9. sara

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    Toe punch the ones from the bluest eggs.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  10. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yay! That sounds awesome! Thank you so much! Is there any special procedure for that?
     

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