telling chicks apart

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by naturababe, May 19, 2010.

  1. naturababe

    naturababe Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    maybe i should have order 5 different breeds but i have 5 of the same breed. one i can tell no problem because he (we hope) has no feathers but the others all look exactly the same. tell me the tricks to tell them apart...
  2. trilyn

    trilyn Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    East Syracuse
    Gotta wait awhile, like six weeks or so. Sorry! Well, unless you bought a sexlink breed, maybe post some pics?
  3. naturababe

    naturababe Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    nope, buff opringtons. hmm, i should figure out how to post pictures, i assume there is a how too somewhere.
  4. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    I'm in the same spot - all Light Brahmas. There are some subtle differences in their hackle feathers, but I'm still not able to identify them accurately enough to name them. I have one girl that I can pick out easily only because some smart alec pooped on her back weeks ago and there's still a little stain there just before her tail feathers [​IMG] I just talk to them as a group - call them The Girls - as in "Come on Girls, treats!"
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  5. forrestacres

    forrestacres Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Squam Lakes - NH
    I used non-toxic children's markers and put a colored dot on the top of each chicks head. That has helped me to tell Abigail, Charlotte and Eleanor (barred rocks); Sophie, Nadine, Margo, Buttercup and Violet (buff orps); and, Fern and Roxanne (silkies) apart. It works!
  6. CindyG

    CindyG Songster

    I just waited till they were a few weeks old and put numbered bands on their legs. Rather boring, but it works for me.
  7. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    How about some fingernail polish on a toenail???? Kinda how moms w/ identical twins keep them straight![​IMG]
  8. naturababe

    naturababe Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    Quote:that's exactly how we tell our favorite chick from the others. For a while we were calling her poopy!
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    You notice shade variations and personality when they get older. Even my 6 RSL hens I can tell apart by white patterns on their feathers--Amelia has lacing and a small comb, Nellie has lacing and a big comb, Rosebud has darker wings, Brownie is browner, Arrow is pale red all over, Blossom looks like Arrow from a distance but with a little more white in her tail and slighty redder. My cochins are fun because they are all different colors!

    My black sex links: Black Beauty has more brown, Blackberry has a dark, shiny beak, Blackbird is the "other"
  10. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I have three, four week old BOs and I go by size, tail development and general scruffiness. The little gal is Claire, the one more feathered with the biggest tail is Juliet and big scruffy little tail is Sun. After awhile you'll develope your own system. Now my three Brown Leghorns are a different story. One is smaller so that's not an issue but the other two are practically identical. Subtle shade differences but they change from day to day so it's hard to keep up with them.

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