Sexing my chicks

sueg6255

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
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LaGrange County
I would like to mark my chicks after I sex them. I would like to mark them so how. Any suggestions? If I use a marker what kind? Help please.
 

horsejody

Squeaky Wheel
11 Years
Feb 11, 2008
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Waterloo, Nebraska
Somebody on this board suggested that I mark mine with a little bit of nail polish on their backs. I tried it. The marking lasts, and doesn't seem to bother them. My 4 week olds look like they need their pink spots freshened up.
 

Gindee77

Songster
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
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QCA, Illinois
I have a couple of my chicks marked with little white zip ties on their legs. They are pretty hefty chicks tho. Over 2 weeks old and heavy. I left a little room for them to grow and didn't pull the tie up tight!!

I have also marked one that was showing weird symptoms with a black magic marker on it's head. I don't think I would use a red marker tho!! It could look too much like blood!
 

sueg6255

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
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LaGrange County
Thanks everyone for the info. I thought about using a marker but was afraid that it would poison the chicks. Just new to this and loving it~~~~!!!!!!
 

Gindee77

Songster
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
581
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QCA, Illinois
I was just careful to only get the marker on the chick's down on it's head. I didn't rub it down onto it's skin. The other chicks didn't even notice it because I think it was above their line of vision being on top of the head.
 

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