Coloring Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by my5spuds, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. my5spuds

    my5spuds Out Of The Brooder

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    I just saw a craigslist ad for a man selling colored chicks. They were very cute but does anyone know if this is safe? We have 6 new chicks in the house and thought it might be fun and help us tell them apart. (We name all of our animals around here). I don't want to try it if there is any possible health risk.

    Thanks for any comments.
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    kool aide, but be warned this is a hot topic on BYC, this might get locked. it can be done in the shell, if you wish the directions I can email them to you
     
  3. my5spuds

    my5spuds Out Of The Brooder

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    The online stuff I've found today gives lots of reasons on why its a bad idea. I just thought it was cute but certainly not at the expense of their health or stressing them out.
    I did see how to use dye before they are hatched. We only have hens so I don't think we will be trying to hatch our own eggs just yet.
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    you can use kool-aide as chicks, it will not hurt them. but in some places it is illegal, if just for yourself its Ok
     
  5. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks are generally colored before they hatch out of the egg. A little bit of dye is injected inside the shell through a small hole. If done correctly it doesn't pose much risk for the chick, but can be deadly if done by someone who is inexperienced and just guessing at what they are doing. *shrugs* Some people are really against it but I don't see much harm as long as the person coloring the chicks does it safe and correctly.
     
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used food coloring and have not had any trouble with the chicks:)
     
  7. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used food coloring and have not had any trouble with the chicks:)
     
  8. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about their eyes? It has to get in their eyes...that can't be good. I have seen youtube videos where they have hundreds of dyed chicks...you can't tell what kind of breed they are! I personally think it is mean....but that's just me...
     
  9. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't now they did it while the chicks were still in their shells. Wonders never cease![​IMG]
     

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