Panic - how do I get the marker off the chicks heads??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HenNewbie, May 5, 2009.

  1. HenNewbie

    HenNewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to handle my chicks frequently and checking for pasty bum. But it is challenging - all 4 look the same. I read about marking the chicks on the top of their heads to differentiate the four babes. So I tried it on 2. The chicks immediately started pecking on the heads of those marked. I did not use red. I feel so stupid. Of course I tried to wash it off, no go. I then used a gentle eye make-up remover on a Q-tip and then washed with a clean wet pad and dried with a clean cloth. I pray I have not damaged these little chicks. Anything else I should do to correct this situation?
     
  2. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put them under a red light, this will make everything they see in red and they won't bother it.

    Good luck and hey we all do goofy things from time to time don't beat yourself up. The best way to identify would be leg bands, just make sure they have room for their legs to grow and take them off before they get to old.


    Julie
     
  3. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of marker did you use?
     
  4. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    got baby wipes?
     
  5. HenNewbie

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    It was a colored crafters marker by a US scrapbooking company. They are under the red light.
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Be carefull you dont want to hurt them trying to get it off
     
  7. HenNewbie

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    Thank you. Yes I do have baby wipes. The marks appear to be gone and their little heads are now dry and everyone is resting. Thanks again.
     
  8. Fancie

    Fancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you cut the fluff off? or is the skin marked too??? maybe cover it with black marker.... dunno
     
  9. HenNewbie

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    Quote:Thank you. I tried to be extremely gentle using the q-tip and then gently rinsing with the wet cotton pad and then petting dry with clean cotton pad. Thank you, again.
     
  10. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think next time you may want to use something like crayola. The red is the only one I've found that stains badly and I wouldn't use it anyway.
     

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