Some of you animal people out there may know about the little rings you can buy to put on the ankles of baby chicks so you can tell them apart. The problem is, when the chickens grow up it can potentially create a health problem. I noticed one of our chickens that still has a ring on was getting a swollen leg and the ring was becoming embedded in the leg. We caught the chicken and removed the ring but I could tell it had gotten pretty bad. We doused the wound with hydrogen peroxside, anointed with the natural antibiotic honey, and wrapped with a gauze bandage. We will check on our sweet hen again tonight and see how she is healing.
The moral of this story, if you are going to use identification rings, take them off when the chickens get big, or replace them with something larger.