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Food Coloring and Silkie( Dying Silkies)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tricia5099, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. Tricia5099

    Tricia5099 Chirping

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nothern IN
    I was wondering if dipping silkies in food coloring diluted with water would harm them? now im taking about fully developed silkies not eggs. If it wouldn't cause any harm to them I would like to dip them in food coloring dilute to make acute picture. However I would NEVER do this if it will harm the birds. please just let me know and no hate please. like I said I m not going to do it if it could hurt the bird in any way shape or form
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Somewhere, someplace on site there are pictures of someone's dyed silky. I'm not a fan of clothed, diapered, or dyed animals, but must admit that it looked sort of neat.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2014
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
  4. mightymax

    mightymax Songster

    Oct 8, 2013
    Central Coast, CA
    I don't know about food coloring. It seems harmless enough. I do know that kids will sometimes dye their hair with Kool Aid packets. It comes in a bunch of different colors too. It just depends on which one you think has the least amount of chemicals in it, I suppose. Well then, I guess the packets are out...lol !!! Good luck and may I be so bold as to ask why you want to dye them. A photo shoot or ???
  5. MnMPoultry

    MnMPoultry Chirping

    Jul 21, 2012
    Paragon, IN
    Not ill-effects from using food coloring to dye a Silkie. Melanie does it frequently and it eventually just fades away. Our poor little white roo even got the extra Easter egg dye dumped on it. :D

    Besides, if you can food color a vent to track eggs, why would it hurt them externally?
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Food coloring is made to be put in food. It’s not poisonous. It’s made to be put in food. I’d not be worried about it from that aspect.

    Sometimes if you ask a hatchery to mark certain chicks in an order, they will do so. Maybe you are splitting an order and have two breeds that the chicks look very much alike. A common way to mark those chicks is to put a spot of food coloring on the forehead in a contrasting color so you can tell them apart. That’s on down, not feathers, but I don’t think they would be doing that if it harmed the chicks.

    As far as harming the chickens I would to worry about it.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  8. Tricia5099

    Tricia5099 Chirping

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nothern IN
  9. Tricia5099

    Tricia5099 Chirping

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nothern IN
    yes, I want to do an photo shoot and I thought it would be cute, not that silkies aren't adorable but it is just something I want to try.
  10. Kiaton

    Kiaton In the Brooder

    May 2, 2014
    New Mexico, USA
    It shouldn't cause them any harm, I'd really hope what I put in my food is safe enough not to harm a chicken's feathers. Some people will be judgmental about it saying it's unnatural but don't let it bother you. If you do, post the photos!

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