Dyeing eggs for Christmas!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bram, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Bram

    Bram Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know how I can dye eggs? Easter dye kits aren't in the store now, and besides I want Christmas red and green!!!
     
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    You can make some with food coloring or you can use natural dyes -- beets, blueberries, etc. Either way, used on brown eggs, you'll get nice deep, dark colors.
     
  3. dntd

    dntd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2009
    When using food dye use white vinager to set the dye. Try finding gel dye as they are quite strong and lost a long time.
     
  4. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Quote:1/2 cup boiling water, 30-40 drops food dye/coloring, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Simple and you control the color you want!
     
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  5. Bram

    Bram Out Of The Brooder

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    Frogdogtimestwo thanks for the recipe! Do I really have to boil the eggs first!!! I'd like to give these to neighbors for Christmas and I'm sure they'd rather have fresh eggs. Wouldn't you?
     
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No reason I know of you can't dye raw eggs -- I'd just be sure to warn the recipient that they are raw -- many people would probably automatically associate dyed eggs with hardboiled, from years of Easter egg hunts.
     
  7. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    You can also blow the eggs out, wash them out, let them dry (baking them in a warm oven at 250 for half an hour and then cooling them completely helps harden them a little), then painting them works, too.
     
  8. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I agree with Denninmi, most will assume they are hardboiled so just let the recipients know and you will be fine!
     
  10. WhoopiePie

    WhoopiePie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:string 'em up and you'll have beautiful christmas tree ornaments [​IMG]
     

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