permanent markers for chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by centrarchid, May 31, 2011.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have several broods of dominique crosses I want to mark to broods. Later I will be marking with wing bands with intent of tracking individuals but would like to delay that until about 4 weeks post hatch.

    Permanent markers are clear and give adequate color combinations. Plan is to apply marks to down on head and possibly primary wing feathers later. Anyone have a handle on mark retention rate or undesirable effects?
     
  2. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    toe punches work great
     
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sharpies and Marks A Lots are labeled as non-toxic, so should be plenty safe. The marks should stay on until the feathers come out. The Marks A Lots are flammable until dry, so don't let the chicks smoke until the mark dries.
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Why not use the traditional leg band.
     
  5. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:food coloring
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Day old chicks and limited time to apply.
     
  7. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use pull ties... but you have to check them every day depending on breed of chicks... on bantams they last a bit longer... but for the giant cochins or shamo, it last them a couple of days sometimes...
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Day old chicks and limited time to apply.

    Little colored zip ties work pretty good.
     
  9. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

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    Sharpies, made in China, are Non Toxic with limited exposure to humans. I would not touch a bird or a egg with one when you can use water based food coloring and get the same effect. My bittys mean too much to me to use a Sharpie on one, but to each his own.
     
  10. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The markers will come off quickly. Think of how fast chicks start molting their down - especially Dom chicks. Not only that, but the marker itself will rub off the feathers.

    Use toe punches. And don't even worry about buying a toe punch. A nice sharp pair of nail cutters, or really good scissors work just fine. Better, I think.
     

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