Using the Toe Punch System With New Chicks By Kelly Klober The numbers one through sixteen can be encoded into a chick via the toe punch system. These punches can denote the hatch from which the chicks came, the breeding pen that produced them, their time of hatch or other designation. The punches are painless and made in the fleshy webs between the chick’s toes. An all-metal toe punch will cost about five dollars. Keep it clean and disinfect it in a simple alcohol bath before and after each use. Make the punches crisp and quick. Then be sure the small flap of flesh is completely removed to prevent the punch from closing back up. The following is a suggested sequence to use as a toe-punching guide. Source: Talking Chicken SUPPORT ECO-AGRICULTURE INFORMATION FOR THE WORLD The freedom to pass information between generations, communities and neighbors is one of the foundations of regenerative agriculture. This is why the educational leaders at Acres U.S.A., founded in 1971, created EcoFarmingDaily.com: a free tool for farmers, ranchers and growers to learn specific tactics related to their trade. Make a Donation For tax deductible donations, click here.