When can I toe punch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by havi, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

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    My chicks are a week old right now and Im wondering if I can still toe punch them? At what age should it not be done any more?
     
  2. This might be a stupid question but...
    What is Toe Punch?!

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  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Please forgive the stupid question but what the heck is toe punch???

    Thanks,
    Missi
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Hey, at least i'm not the only one who doesn't know!!! [​IMG]

    Missi
     
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    If 2 of us say it at about the same time, I guess it aint a stupid question. LOL!
     
  6. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    Man, just when I was thinking "What the bleep is toe punch?" I scroll down and...[​IMG]
     
  7. Barred Babies

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    If 2 of us say it at about the same time, I guess it aint a stupid question. LOL!

    I guess not!! I'm still trying to wait patiently for this answer!! [​IMG]

    Missi
     
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  8. denniselk

    denniselk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok i give up
     
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  10. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:You don't cut off a toe.... You cut the web between the toes.

    Now, Havi. You can probably still toe punch them, i have seen someone toe punch full grown chickens so they could tell them from the others that resembled them, it just bled a little more is all. It's best to do it as soon as they hatch, or a few days later but a week old shouldn't hurt. Personally i don't like the toe punches, more difficult and i just use cuts through the web. Toe punches can heal up or split, splitting is a bad thing since i use cuts which then can leave the bird ending up being marked just like another bird.

    I just use small scissors you'd use for trimming your nose hair, just a quick snip through the web and all is over. It usually happens too fast for the chicks to really register it and if done early enough, rarely bleeds.
     
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