I've never heard anything about the food coloring trick but if anyone tries it please let me know I love the idea. And absolutely go Easter/orp I love that egg color sign me up for a couple of her pullets
and I love all of your pink eggs too.
We have been getting an average of about 6-8 a day and have gotten as good as ten. Which I figure is good since the run got swapped for the more well insulated "cooler" (for those that don't know it was an old cooler used to get show cattle to be fluffy with an account unit in the summer. It's decommissioned but we'll insulated.) And the ten last birds got added to the main flock permanently (instead of just during free ranging) all the birds are doing much better although we are suffering with a bit of frost bite which as cold as it has been doesn't surprise me even though we tried to keep it away by applying Vaseline. It didn't work and two of our Isa browns have a very mild case, as well as both of our oegb roos(one of whom was injured in a pecking order dispute after the move-I think his comb is slightly more frost bitten because of the injury) but all are doing well and the pecking order seems much more well established. I am also happy to say that the three pullets from Faraday40 are fully integrated and were before the move. They are beautiful and adjusting well(I will have to get pictures shortly as in when I can hold a camera without freezing to it) lol
Jasmine is tall and lean, creamy white color with black and grey freckles throughout all her feathers, she's still flighty but settles when handled. She seems to have some of the orp fluffiness, but not a lot. Ella is losing her white-tipped flight feathers and I am gunna miss them. Although still smaller than Cinder she's catching up and her fluff covers most of the size difference. She's sweet but wants to be higher on the pecking order a bit and with the new birds a bit sassy since they're all bantams. She's not too rough though. We have talked and we are going to have to band Cinder and Ella so that we can tell them apart as they continue to grow. They are now almost the largest birds in our flock but again a lot of it is fluff they haven't filled out yet. Cinder is kind of mother hen to Ella and Jasmine and is very patient with them. They're growing up beautifully and thankfully their small undeveloped combs have not been affected by the frost bite.
The flack stayed in today although we had one EE that thought the sun meant warmth, I told her she was nuts. They have been getting scratch and banana and apple and kale(which they hated) and today we gave them a straw bale to scratch through for added warmth and something to do. They have been having fun with that and we were even able to let a little trouble maker out of time out one of our oegb has major little man syndrome lol he's a great bird a bbr named Nugget. If anyone is interested in giving him a home please message me. He is not people aggressive has never attacked a person or acted aggressive at all. He merely thinks he's a large fowl roo and won't respect the other bantam roos not injuring them but constantly challenging them. I think a move would do him good.