nail polish

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SLWyandotte, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Chatom, Alabama
    will nail polish on a chick's toe hurt it? what about food coloring of foot or feathers? trying to tell chicks apart but don't want to hurt them.
  2. RedneckChikns

    RedneckChikns Chirping

    Jan 25, 2011
    Plant City, FL
    Chick sized leg bands...easy to apply, come in lots of colors. [​IMG] Can get from poultry supply or even EBAY! Ive heard people doing nail polish but I dunno...I dont want those kinda fumes around my babies. Ive done markers and food color in a pinch...but you forger to remark, it wears off and then you just have an older bird that looks like the rest. [​IMG] Id be lost without my leg bands!
  3. redfeather

    redfeather Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    Nail polish will be OK as long as you apply only a small dab, very quickly, in a well ventilated area and then whisk the chick away from the area you had the bottle open (also don't use red or pink... the other chickens will pick at it, so will the one wearing it, for that matter).

    Remember, chickens (birds in general) breath differently than we do, literally completely filling and completely emptying their lungs with every breath, which makes them extremely susceptable to airborn toxins.

    Rubber bands work good--- hair bands, tiny, colored "ouchless" type. You can get them in 3 sizes, many colors in one package at walmart for under $4.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  4. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    We used permanent marker on the claws, however it caused them to peck at their toes so beware.
  5. mimischickens

    mimischickens In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2014
    Just brought home some one week chicks . The seller put some red nail polish on one of each chicks legs. I think they did it to mark different breeds they had. Guess they didn't know what chickens do when they see red :( What do I do? Surely I can not use polish remover to get it off! Could really use some suggestions.
  6. Jen Chickers

    Jen Chickers In the Brooder

    Sep 8, 2014
    North Central WV
    Try soaking in warm water after a few minutes it should rub right off.

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