what ink do hatcheries use to mark their chicks?

hoppy

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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?
 

briana1975

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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.
 

hoppy

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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.
 

melissastraka

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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!
Thank god i didnt tell him it was for chickens!
 

ntiveheart

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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
 

hoppy

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

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