permanent markers for chicks

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
11 Years
Sep 19, 2009
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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?
 

aggie9296

Songster
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Jan 28, 2011
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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.
 

gumbii

Songster
9 Years
Oct 7, 2010
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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...
 

al6517

Real Men can Cook
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May 13, 2008
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Quote:Day old chicks and limited time to apply.

Little colored zip ties work pretty good.
 

CatDaddyAlbert

NoFeathersRuffled
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Apr 22, 2011
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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.
 

WallTenters

Songster
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Feb 16, 2010
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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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