can you dye your chickens feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Serama girl15, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Serama girl15

    Serama girl15 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2015
    I read that you can dye your chickens feathers using coolaid or food coloring will it harm your chicken if you use it ? I know you can't use red
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Wow! Dyeing chicken feathers! They are yours and you can do anything you want with them for whatever reason. As long as you rinse any sugar from the cool-aid out and they don’t get a chill from being wet, it should not harm them. Many hatcheries will put a spot of food coloring on some of the chicks before they ship to identify them if you ask for that service.
  3. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2014
    Adkins Texas
    A friend put a small amount of red food coloring into the rinse water for her white Silky when she had to bathe it. Turned the darn thing the cutest shade of pink!
  4. yellowchicks

    yellowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2014
    My Coop 4 white Leghorns are named Orange, Yellow, Blue, and Green. You have just given me some interesting ideas to help them live up to their names.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I tried dying one of my hens to differentiate her from her sister.
    Thought blukote would work, nope was gone quickly, within days, leaving a very very faint stain.
    Next tried food coloring, right from the bottle...that worked a bit better, but still faded in time...not sure I can even see it anymore but haven't looked closely in a while.
    Their feathers repel moisture, so hard to truly 'dye' them.

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