marking silkie chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiki244, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I have some silver white chicks that I would like to mark, so that I can identify them when they are older. Also I would like to mark some chicks that come from different lines. How can I do this at 3 weeks old? Any suggestions? The silver white chicks are easy to tell with the down color, but I think I may get them confused when they feather out, which they are doing now. [​IMG]
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put leg bands on them
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Quote:? and just continue to change the size as the grow? duh what a novel idea [​IMG] Now why didn't I think of that! [​IMG]
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    mini colored zip ties are great also, just be sure to pay attention to how long they are there and cut them off and change them out often.
     
  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dip them in food colouring...
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    You can also toe punch
     
  8. HatTrickSilkies

    HatTrickSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you need to mark very young chicks you can put some nail polish on their toe. Once the wing feathers start to come in at a few weeks of age, you can apply some polish to the wing feathers - it should last a few weeks.

    If you need to mark older birds, colored hair spray (like you see at Halloween time) works like a charm. I use colored dots on their tail or cushion to color code them. It's non-toxic and washable.
     
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  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use colored velco on my Silkies. I keep that on until I can switch them to "grown up" plastic numbered bands.
     
  10. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    I use colored pipe cleaners for leg bands. [​IMG]
     

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