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Okay, I give..... how do you use dye to mark chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nutz4critters, May 2, 2008.

  1. nutz4critters

    nutz4critters In the Brooder

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    I asked on another post, but didn't get help. Leg bands and the mostly useless (apparently, anyway) rubber band things, yes. Dying your chicks, no.

    Not planning to sell the colored chicks, just need info on how you used food dye to successfully color chicks to separate blood lines, chicks from two sources, etc.

    Ideas??????? [​IMG]

    TIA! Have a great weekend, [​IMG]
    Nutz
     
  2. Josie

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    I don't know a lot about this, but on another thread they mentioned that a hatchery marked chicks with a marker pen. THis seems like it would be pretty easy and quick compared to dying the whole chick.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Try using colored velcro strips that you find in the sewing notions sections in stores..Thats what I use to keep track of my hatches from different people as they grow out...I just cut mine length ways to fit their leg and as they grow out adjust or put on a bigger one...
     
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

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    I prefer to toe punch myself.
     
  5. kees

    kees Songster

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    As far as figuring out which hens are laying, one breeder told me that she puts a little food coloring by the vent of each hen so that she can easily determine which hen laid which egg.

    I know that on puppies, they put a dab of fingernail polish on the hair to differentiate between them. Perhaps the same strategy could be used on the toe of a chick.
     
  6. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

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    You could also paint their nails.
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Gee, that sounds kinda uncomfortable and anyhow wouldn't it probably be of more use in identification if you toe-punched the *chicks*

    ROTFL

    Sorry, couldn't resist [​IMG]


    Pat
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    LOL.

    Toe punch would be life long identification though.

    I usually just use a marker and color their heads or legs if I need to identify them for the short term.
     
  9. CUDA

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    Quote:Gee, that sounds kinda uncomfortable and anyhow wouldn't it probably be of more use in identification if you toe-punched the *chicks*

    ROTFL

    Sorry, couldn't resist [​IMG]


    Pat

    LOL, yep!
     
  10. Gindee77

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    I've used indelible magic marker in strategic places on the chicks when I want to ID them. It lasts for a while. If you do, I wouldn't use red or pink tho! Marker OR nail polish.
     

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