why do they mark chicks foreheads?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sydney13, May 25, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i got a few chicks and a gosling from ideal pouktry. the goose came with a mark of red on her forehead and the chicks are pecking at it. why do the hatcheries mark the birds heads? does any one have any chicks who have been marked and how long does it take for it to rub away?
     
  2. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
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    Usually they mark the packing peanuts (Roosters) with the red mark, or maybe if you got 2 breeds that look alike, they did that so you could differentiate.
     
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  3. cletus the rooster

    cletus the rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    my roosters came with the forehead mark.(might not be relevant)
     
  4. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I picked my roo up at the hatchery. It was the only chick I got that day and they still marked his head. He's almost a month old and he still has an orange spot on his feathers from the marker lol.
     
  5. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's usually for identification ( sex, breed, etc), and will usually stay as long as the fuzzy feathers stay.

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  6. cletus the rooster

    cletus the rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    from Cackle,sonja?
     
  7. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Quote:Yes. I've gotten all my chicks from them.
     
  8. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I called Ideal about this and they told me they do it to either mark your ordered stock from peanuts or at the customers request.
     

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