what ink do hatcheries use to mark their chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by hoppy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    does any one know what kind of ink the hatcheries use to mark their chicks? I have gotten some with orange like ink that lasted a few weeks. I need to mark a few after they are sexed. if you know what they use, do you know where I can find some?
     
  2. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
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    I do not know what they use, but I used a crayola washable marker to mark one of my poults. We got two and they looked identical and I need to tell which one was drinking and eating or if both were. It wore off in about a week.
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    You could just use some food coloring on their heads.
     
  4. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I have used a sharpie but that doesn't last very long. I was thinking maybe tatoo ink? or cake food coloring paste but I want something bright to stand out.
     
  5. chickens4me

    chickens4me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know either, but I have used food coloring to mark my chicks before.
     
  6. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Magic Marker
     
  7. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just get colored zip ties and put a loose (notice i said loose) band on the legs. That is how i sex my babies when i can finally tell. Blue for boys and red for girls...they didnt have pink at the home depot and when i asked, the sales guy looked at me like i was nuts! [​IMG] Thank god i didnt tell him it was for chickens![​IMG]
     
  8. ntiveheart

    ntiveheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    i used wilton's paste food coloring to mark my leghorns. it had real staying power and lasted a few weeks. i just used a qtip and painted a strip down the center of their little heads....worked like a charm for me.........and comes in a gazillion colors too lol
     
  9. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    thank you all for the suggestions, I'm going to use the wilton food colorign paste.
     

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