Could I Dye my White Girls Pink in Beet Juice?

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  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it might be fun to dye my white hens pink for Easter. They are 3 years old. Can you see any reason not to do so? Would they be bullied, picked on and pecked at by the other chickens if I did? I was thinking I could dye them in beet juice, which is nontoxic. I saw some pretty pink hens on the Portland news today, which is where I got the idea. All comments will be appreciated.

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  2. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably not illegal. We used to dye an ancient white pony various colors for holidays (with Kool-Aid). I don't think the chicken will enjoy the process though.
     
  5. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I think it would be quite difficult to dye my girls. It might hurt their feelings, too. They might think I didn't think they were pretty enough as white girls. I was going to do it for Easter fun, but they might stand out more to predators. The children around here would love the look, but I imagine it would be exhausting to try to dye them. I have no idea how I would go about it. If I put them in a big bowl of watery beet juice, they might get a chill.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    There's a pet safe 'spray paint' that they use on dogs.

    It's pretty hard to dye feathers as they are water resistant and pretty hard to stain.
    I tried (to ID a certain bird) with blukote and full strength liquid food coloring, it didn't last long.
     
  7. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. I didn't get around to trying to dye my girls hot pink, but it was a fun fantasy.
     

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