WHICH CHICKEN IS THAT ONE?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silkieRaiser, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. silkieRaiser

    silkieRaiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi everyone,
    My chickens are only about 2 months old and I already can't tell them apart. They are constantly growing and changing and I can't find a reliable way to tell them apart. Are poultry tags ok for chickens? If so, how do I put them on and will it hurt the chicken if her legs grow so much that her leg grows right into them. Do they grow as your chickens do?
     
  2. Clark Fowl Fans

    Clark Fowl Fans Just Hatched

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    I bought some leg tags at farm n fleet, but wouldn't recommend them because they have wire ends that can be pokey. Recently found plastic bands (think carnival wrist bands, but sturdier) at a local chicken store. :)
     
  3. Clark Fowl Fans

    Clark Fowl Fans Just Hatched

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    You have to watch the sizing as they grow & may need to replace several times before their legs reach full size
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I use regular old zip ties. I change them out maybe every month for the first few months, then just keep an eye on them as they continue to grow.

    Trick is to put them on as loose as possible at first. Check and see if it will slip down off the foot--you want it almost able to do that, but just 2 clicks tighter. That will give you more time before they start outgrowing it.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  6. silkieRaiser

    silkieRaiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. Hopefully I will soon be able to figure out which one pecks me the most so I can train her to be civil!
     
  7. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a problem telling my buff orpingtons apart when they were little. If you listen very closely, you'll find out that each bird has different vocalizations and mannerisms. After a few months I was able to tell which bird was which just by the noises they made. You'll also start to notice feather patterns and comb differences.

    If you go the leg band route, heed the advice given...watch them very closely. A neighbor of mine put a leg band (clear zip tie) on one of his and "forgot" about it...and the leg grew around the band and was pretty badly deformed. He only noticed when she developed severe limping, and then found the band that was overgrown with skin. Pretty nasty thing to deal with and he felt really bad that he forgot about putting it on. We did manage to get it removed and she healed up ok after time, but the leg was never the same.
     
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