what is toe punching?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by danielle82, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I did a BYC search and came up with some discussions on whether it hurts or not, and why it can be useful, but where is it done? And what exactly is it? Does it just put a dent in a toe, like a skin biopsy hole?
     
  2. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Think of it like a paper hole puncher but alot smaller i havent ever seen mine even flinch when i do it
     
  3. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    so it goes all the way through the toe? Through the bone?
     
  4. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no i do mine through the web up next to the base of the toes
     
  5. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Oh, okay that makes a whole lot more sense! haha so it is more like web punching
     
  6. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a toe punch to ID all my birds according to their breeding pens. You never have to worry about a band falling off or otherwise losing your ID.

    Like Jbowen9, my chicks never flinch. Rarely even get any blood.

    No, it doesn't actually go thru the toe or any bone. You punch the webbing between the toes according to a numerical system.

    I don't have the time right now to go into detail but I'm sure there is info on here if you do a search. Or you can google it. Or if you want, email me and I'll send you a chart.

    God Bless,
     
  7. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah tailfeathers does it like me i will do a combinations of punches according to the chicks parents and it is there forever never falls off or gets torn off or never needs updating
     

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