dying chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Henriettahen, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    I was looking at pictures of those colorful chicks...and I am wondering, is it cruel??

    I hear they inject something into the egg? doesn't this have bad side effects??

    anyway, just curious..

    any of you ever buy any??

    also...do ppl dye there adult hens with kool-aid [​IMG] hahaha I'm just asking cause I know some do with there dogs and horses..hahaha
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Email Ideal and ask them. They are the biggest hatchery that sells them.
    Meyers won't sell them.

    My understanding is it is a dye/hydrogen peroxide combo.
    I don't think they inject it into the egg they just spray the birds,
    including their eyes, after hatching.

    The reality is most of those chicks won't make it because they
    will freeze to death or get thrown away. Most are cornish x
    roosters with no value at all, except to us chicken lovers.
    People buy them because they are cute.

    When your post said "dying chicks" you were right on more than one way.
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    You can eat CornishXRooster I think they are white leghorn roosters becuase The Leghorns are production layers and the males are small and not usful for meat. That is why when I start realy farming I am getting some dual purpouse birds.
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They actually do inject the eggs with dye as the chicks are developing.

    I thought they dyed them with a spray on type, but nope...

    If you search the archives on this topic, there is a link in another thread that has info on how it's done.
  5. SloCrevs

    SloCrevs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2007
    Central Coast, CA
    The FFA(which I in no way support what-so ever) injected food dye into some white leghorn eggs, they hatched green and brown, not sure how they did it, but they hatched and grew just fine. I guess the dye wore off at about 3 weeks of age. They named them "green eggs" and "ham"
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    you can "dye" the birds with no ill effects by bathing them in koolaid...
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It is a vegetable dye they inject into the eggs. I don't like the idea of it either.

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