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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AwsumnessofChickens, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. AwsumnessofChickens

    AwsumnessofChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2009

    I need some help with seperating my chicks. We have five baby hens (Jinx, BigMac, Marshmellow, Skits, and Daisy) and we are always getting them confused!

    If you have any suggestions to keeping them seperate, please pleease PLEASE tell me! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


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  2. AwsumnessofChickens

    AwsumnessofChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2009

    HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Leg bands. you can use zip ties from home depot or elsewhere. Use the small ones that are colored to tell them apart. Don't put them on too tight or they will outgrow them too fast. They will have to be changed as they get bigger.
  4. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Can you tell us why you are wanting to seperate them? Is it so they are easier to identify?
  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    you can use colored zip ties but again you will have to resize as they get older and grow.
  6. AwsumnessofChickens

    AwsumnessofChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2009
    Quote:Yep, it is so they are easier to identify. See, everyone in the family has a certain chick, and when we get confused it's kinda like, "Where's mine!!"

    But, ya, it is so they are easier to identify, I guess.
  7. mudderhen

    mudderhen Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Clarkesville, GA
    One thing you could try is put a different color fingernail polish on the top of each of their heads. That way everyone knows a certain color belongs to a certain chicken.
  8. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Quote:Yep, it is so they are easier to identify. See, everyone in the family has a certain chick, and when we get confused it's kinda like, "Where's mine!!"

    But, ya, it is so they are easier to identify, I guess.

    Ok. I would try the zip tie. I would hate to see them seperated as they are social creatures and they also provide warmth for each other. Hopefully you can identify them later on once they start to feather out. Good luck!
  9. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    Trying to remember what was said
    First DO NOT seperate the chickens
    they will be in big trouble when you want them to lay in one chicken house
    or is this just something that will be discarded when easter is over
    Chicks are NOT toys and need simple living quarters and feed and water and heat
    they are live birds not toys

    Also I would use numbered bands or spiral bands that are sold at strombergs order house in minnesota

    the use of the electric ties is PEOPLE make the MISTAKE of not watching as the chick gets a few weeks older and they will cut the leg into and have to be killed.

    This is very important 3WATCH THE TIES DON'T GET TOO TIGHT

    Okay the reason I DON'T like nail polish is that draws attention to the chicks feet and the others will pick them and start havic in the bird box.

    Surely you will have time to read my article
    Chickens need shelter from the the elements and
    protection from preditors. This is normally in the
    form of housing of wood construction and an outdoor
    run with poultry wire sides and top. It is
    important that the chickens roost in the coop with
    the door closed to protect them from nighttime
    preditors unless the pen is constructed with heavy
    guage welded wire.

    It is much more expensive than poultry wire, but,
    it will withstand the attempts of destruction by most
    any predator. The design of the coop is based on
    size, quantity, and type of chickens being housed.
    Layers require nest boxes in which to lay there
    eggs. The roost is designed to accommodate the number
    being housed in relation to the size of coop.

    In other words, enough space to keep them close
    together during cold weather and also to give them
    more space during hot weather. The coop needs to be
    ventilated to allow fresh air to flow through it to
    keep it free of moisture and ammonia. Ammonia is in
    their droppings and the odor will continue to build
    if the moisture level is too high.

    I design my coops with cross ventilation and they
    are fine for my climatic conditions. Using pine
    shavings on the floor of the coop, is an important
    part in the moisture equation. Some people use hay
    or straw; not as absorbant as the shavings and can
    harbor molds. Shavings are actually less expensive
    than hay or straw and has to be replaced less often.

    The most important of all the needs of chickens is
    fresh water daily. The water container should be
    cleaned daily to eliminate bacteria. I clean these
    with a bleach/water solution at least once weekly. I
    use 1 teaspoon of bleach per 1 gallon of fresh water
    as their daily water supply, since I live in a rural
    area and use well water. City water does not require
    the bleach as an additive.

    Stale water is not good for them and if it is left
    in direct sunlight, can form Algae. Algae
    poisoning is common in poorly managed conditions.
    Lack of fresh water can cause death, primarily from
    salt poisoning. Chickens can die from salt overdose
    within hours.

    Feed must contain the proper amount of protein for
    the needs of the particular type of chicken and it's
    age. Commercial feeds are formulated to meet those
    needs. Layer chicks require medicated chick
    starter for the first eight weeks of their lives and
    a developer until eighteen weeks of age; gradually
    change their rations to layer crumbles or pellets.
    Broiler chicks, sporting birds, and specialty flocks
    require different rations that are especially
    formulated for them.

    Mixing of these feeds, causes an imbalance of the
    protein and is not recommended. "Scratch Feed" is
    used by many as a way to reduce costs, but, egg
    production drops and the hens are not in prime
    condition when this is done. I consider this type of
    feed to be a treat and give it to them periodically
    as a second meal in the day.

    I also like to give my chickens lots of greens in
    their diet. The greens are nutritious and adds color
    to the yolks of their eggs. I give them fruit, also.
    They love to see me coming with banana peels or apple

    The chickens need some variety in their lives just
    as people do, to avoid boredom. Chickens that are
    confined to the same location each day, start bad
    habits to overcome their boredom. Overcrowding is
    another reason for bad habits. I have designed a
    Mobile Unit to help eliminate these problems and to
    give them access to fresh ground as needed.

    This unit can house up to eight hens and gives them
    security from predators. Since it has an optional
    wheel assembly, I can easily move it and the
    chickens as needed.

    The health of the chickens can be enhanced by
    maintaining a good environment for them. This does
    not eliminate the possibility for them to become ill.
    One should be prepared for the common illnesses and
    implement a preventive maintenance program from the
    onset. Chickens that are in contact with the
    ground are susceptible to worms, and should be
    treated with a wormer if they show signs of an
    overload of these parasites.

    Mites and lice are also a common problem that
    can be remedied before they become a problem. If you
    give them garlic on a monthly basis, both of
    the above problems will be minimized. I administer
    1/8 teaspoon of powdered garlic per gallon of water
    as their sole source of drinking water once per

    The coop should be kept clean and free of drafts,
    to reduce the possibility of respiratory diseases.
    You should also practice Biosecurity to minimize the
    risk of diseases being brought in from other flocks.

    There are some things that you can do to get the
    maximum enjoyment from your flock. Spend some
    time with them each day, and they will learn to
    accept you as part of the flock. You should be able
    to pick up any of them to inspect for potential
    problems, and petting. The more you pet them, the
    more they like it.

    You should read several books on how to raise them;
    I say several, as none of them cover everything you
    need to know. I have enjoyed the writings of Gail
    Damerow. She has written several good books on
    poultry and an excellent book on their health; "The
    Chicken Health Handbook".

    Something else you may elect to do is, join a
    poultry club in your area. There are many clubs
    nationwide, but sorry to say, they do very little
    advertising. Some of them have monthly meetings.. The
    meetings are times when we can get together and
    discuss our poultry and ways to improve on their

    Most of the members exhibit their poultry at the
    shows throughout the year. The shows are excellent
    avenues for learning about quality of the many
    breeds. The breeders usually have some of their stock
    to sell during or after the show.

    It is a great way to purchase new stock. All
    the entries have been tested for Pollorum and
    Typhoid and that is a huge step in the direction of
    healthy chickens. It is good practice to quarantine
    newly purchased poultry for thirty days.

    This will give you sufficient time to determine their
    health and habits. When you do put them in with the
    rest of the flock, a new pecking order will
    be established. This could cause damage to some of
    them, and should be monitored until they have

    There are several techniques to use to minimize the
    aggressiveness. One way is to put the new ones in a
    wire cage within the coop for a few days. Release
    them at night and put them on the roost with
    the others. Monitor them the next day and if one or
    two of the original hens are still too
    aggressive, then put them in the cage for a few
    days. This should take care of any further problems.

    I hope this information will help you maximize your
    poultry enjoyment.

    Hopefully this information will halp you see not to seperate but care for them

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