toe punching

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JamesA, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. JamesA

    JamesA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have raised hundreds of chicks and heard the phrase toe punching used several times.Can someone explain this to me?
     
  2. Chipper

    Chipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    James,
    Toe punching is referring to punching out a tiny piece of the web between the chicks toes for later identification.Since there are 2 feet, for a total of 4 webs on each chick you can use many different combinations of punch marks to identify a large number of chicks.
     
  3. JamesA

    JamesA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that now makes since.Thanks Chipper [​IMG]
     
  4. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know alot of people that do it...I haven't yet but am considering it..
     
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    OUCH!!??? What do you do it with?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They actually make a punching tool for it, Beth, similar to a paper punch.
     

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