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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Herweyer 5, Dec 28, 2014.
Can you paint chickens nails or toes to help tell them apart?
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Yes, you can but it might cause them to pick at each others toe nails. You will have to see how it goes. You can also use a magic marker to dot their heads as well. Look closely at their combs. Every face of every chicken is different. If these are new birds, and you only have a few of them, eventually you will see a difference in every face.
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You shouldn't paint their nails because it will cause bullying and lots of pecking and stress.
There are leg bands which you can buy at local farm stores and hatcheries which will help tell your birds apart.
The issue with using toenails for ID is that it can cause picking and is an impractical means of IDing birds. The feet of your birds are heavily used for scratching about, etc and that will cause the paint to be short lived - that which does remain on the nails will be covered in mud, etc and the nails are small and in a location that makes seeing them clearly enough to sort out birds from one another difficult at best. A better method is to use leg banding - for an inexpensive and readily available leg band you can use plastic zip ties. You can use a combination of colors, numbers of bands and right/left leg banding to help "mark" each bird in an individual means.
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Welcome to BYC! You can get the colored leg bands fairly inexpensively at most any feed store. The zip tie idea from Ol Grey Mare was a good one. You can usually get a bundle of assorted colors for pretty cheap at a hardware or home improvement store (like Home Depot, Anchor Freight or Lowes).
Have fun with your birds!