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marking chicks???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smcdermott, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chirping

    Dec 9, 2014
    Central Fl
    Got 3 baby buffs yesterday.
    is there a way that I can mark them to tell them apart? Nail pollish on a to?

  2. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Songster

    Sep 19, 2014
    Central West Virginia
    I put nail polish on my favorite [​IMG] Just be quick about it so the won't have to breath in the fumes long.
    I've heard of some people cutting up different color bread ties and wrapping it around the chick's leg. I don't know how well that would stay on though
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Kool Aid or food dye works well, and there aren't any nail polish fumes or zip or bread ties that have to be checked often. For the barred birds, you might have to give them a good dose, like a whole wing, so its easily visible. But the white ones can just have a smear on the back of their heads.
    If you want to get fancy, you could order some leg bands (which need to be checked, so they don't get tight and cause problems) or wing bands (which never need to be checked and identify the bird by number permanently).

    Good luck.

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