question on identification systems

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ki4got, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    I'm looking at setting up several breeding pens for my dorkings, and plan to set 3 or 4 lines of each color variety (red, colored, silver grey). I'm trying to figure out an identification system to keep track of which roos/hens are related to whoever, so that they don't need to stay in the breeding pens all year long, but can go free range when i'm not collecting eggs for hatching. I've heard about toe punching and wing banding, but really don't want to go that route, especially since some birds are already adults, and others are in the grow-out pen.

    so far ID isn't an issue as they're all in different pens right now at different ages, but this coming summer I hope to have at least 2 lines up and going, and add the others as i go. that's why i'm trying to come up with a system now.
     
  2. six_eclectic_chickens

    six_eclectic_chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not 100% on this but I think you can get bands for their legs.
     
  3. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    Quote:yes, I know you can get bands, what i'm looking for is how people use those bands to identify multiple families or lines of birds, different generations, etc...

    what i'm thinking is to band every bird with a # band (colored by year?), then maybe another band to show family?

    but what i want to hear is how other people keep their records. what kinds of bands used, etc.
     
  4. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen toe punching as one the more reliable method of keeping track of parents. This like a tattoo on a rabbit will be permanent.


    Paper or computer records are always good as long as you have a more permanent numbered band such as a metal band, but there are methods described below. They aren't exactly what we do but are close.

    Read over what others have done, then develop something that works for you.

    http://bloslspoutlryfarm.tripod.com/id52.html

    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/3/3-4/identifying_poultry_in_a_backyard_flock.html

    http://bloslspoutlryfarm.tripod.com/id16.html

    http://www.north-western-poultry-society.com/products/toe-punch-markings-chart/
     

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