1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Single Hatch, different breeds

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ddroland, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. ddroland

    ddroland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for marking chicks when hatching different breeds. I am hatching out about 4-5 different types of Americans, which as chicks can be difficult to distinguish. I have marked the eggs but we all know how that works, you look into the incubator in the morning and it's full of chicks. I don't want to wing band as I usually wait until they are 5-6 months are so before doing that. They free range and many don't make it to maturity. Thanks for the suggestions.
  2. demerson

    demerson Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    Otego NY
    maybe separate the incubator tray into quarters , and put each kind of egg in its own quadrant so when they hatch they stay in their own little space ???? I guess it would depend on the kind of incubator you have though
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use colored magic markers and mark under the chicks chin. It will mark them but eventually they will loose the colors when they loose their fluff and get their feathers in by that time you could put leg bands or zip ties on them. Just make sure the zip ties are tight as they grow so fast.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  4. ddroland

    ddroland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    Thanks guys, good suggestions.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by