WHEN AND HOW TO TOE PUNCH CHICKS AND MORE!

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  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    USING TOE PUNCH ON CHICKS
    Glenda Heywood
    TOE PUNCHING CHICKS FOR IDENTIFICATION
    When one makes up mating pens one must also assign
    each pen a certain toe punch. Enter into a record book
    this method


    (1) the Pen Number
    (2) the male birds band color and toe punch
    (3) the females band color and toe punch
    (4) now asign a different toe punch for the chicks and
    record this.


    When the breeders are mated and eggs laid one must
    then gather the fresh eggs daily and with a #2 pencil
    mark the number of the pen on the egg.


    Now when the incubator is set take and put all the
    same numbers on eggs in one of the many compartments,
    you have made by putting across the hatching tray a
    piece of hail screen cut to size the width of the
    tray and in this width make two pens using hail screen
    cut to fit.


    Now take and make that tight enough to hold the
    movement of the tray. or take some electrical ties and
    tie the hail screen in several places
    Each hatching tray can hold about 6 to eight
    individual pens for eggs.


    Now have a piece of the hail screen made to fit the
    top of the tray so the hatched chicks can't get out
    after hatching and mix with the other chicks.
    Now on the hatching day you will see all these
    biddies each in individual pens to mark, and on the
    day you decide to take each setting tray and empty of
    live chicks do this.


    Take the hatching tray and lid on it to a table and
    set it comfortabley down on the table and one pen by
    one pen open each hatching pen. And mark each chick
    before going to the next pen of chicks with the
    assigned toe punch, that you hae written in a code
    book.


    Okay we will start
    (1) pen #1 = toe punch with assigned code.
    then take all chicks out one at a time from this
    individual hatching pen.Put them in a nice basket with
    handle and work just on these toe punching them one at
    a time. Cover the other pens back with hail screen
    lid, so they can't get out.


    Now take one chick and with a toe punch tool which you
    have to really bear down on so it cuts the hole big
    enough to not heal over.


    I prefer a cuticle sciscors and do this
    holding chick in hand put finger under webs and with
    other hand cut each toe web for the toe punch.
    If using more than one punch in each web then need toe
    punch tool. such as toe punching ducks webs.


    Say you are using the right inside web and left in
    side web for pen #1
    now cut the left inside web to end of its length and
    then cut the right left inside web to end of its
    length and it will not bleed if any.
    Put the chick in a box you have for taking to brooder
    or another basket with handle.
    go thru and mark with cuticle sciscors all these
    chicks


    this toe punch from pen #1 and so on thru pen numbers
    one pen at a time.
    Now continue thru the rest of the pens doing each pen
    one chick at a time and covering the tray of hatched
    chicks so they can't mix up.
    Now here is the whole set up of 16 punches for
    marking


    TOE PUNCHING INFORMATION
    when the chick is hatched you cut the web
    of the toe for the toe punch marks.the toe punch
    clicker is just a punch and hole for the punch to
    go thru taking the web with it. Make sure that you
    punch hard and really get the web as it will grow shut
    if not. That is why I like to cut with a cuticle
    sciscors. It is more permanent.


    Fred Jeffrey in his book bantam chickens gives the 16
    possible toe punch combinations. Also the Old English
    year books thru 1989 had the toe punch set up via
    pictures in it.


    to start with
    (1) no punch in any toe web
    (2) punch left out side web
    (3) punch right out side web
    (4) punch left inside web
    (5) Punch right inside web
    (6) punch both left webs
    (7 punch both right webs
    (8)punch left outside and right outside webs
    (9) punch left inside and right inside webs
    (10) punch outside left web and right inside web
    (11) punch inside left web and right outside web
    (12) punch two left webs and outside right web
    (13) punch two left webs and inside right web
    (14) punch outside left web and two right webs
    (15) punch inside left web and two right webs
    (16) punch all four webs left and right


    hope this helps.
    Glenda L Heywood Cassville Missouri
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I wish you would post pictures of the cuticle and hole punch markings.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
  3. Glenda Heywoodo

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