Food Coloring?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KC n KY, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. KC n KY

    KC n KY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bit of an issue. I would like to hatch out some pure blood BLRW from my flock. However, I only have a trio of BLR's and they run with nine other sex-links. I do not want mutt babies but I am not sure how to distinguish which bird laid what egg. I think I read somewere on a thread that u could put food coloring around a hens vent area, so that a hens egg would be a certain color.

    My questions-

    Would food coloring on an egg affect the hatchability of an egg?

    How do u distinguish what hen laid what egg?

    ANY help would be greatly appreciated [​IMG]

    Edited for spelling [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2010
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Food coloring is supposed to be harmless, and I have also read of people doing this. I suppose it's worth a try.

    Food coloring is used to dye those pastel Easter chicks, and they seem to grow up to be healthy roos with normal coloring, so why not? I believe they even inject it into the egg.
     
  3. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
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  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I've been doing this for about 2 years. It doesn't affect the hatch rate of the eggs, etc. I put about 10 drops or so in each hens vent. The coloring lasts about 5-7 days. The eggs don't come out dyed, but streaked with the coloring.
     
  5. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

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    Sundown, how easy does it wash off the bottome of white or light colored silkies for show prep?
     
  6. KC n KY

    KC n KY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx for all the help!!!! You guys are life savers. I think I am now going to go drop 'bout 8-10 drops in my hens vents!! [​IMG] Thank u all so much [​IMG]
     
  7. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow great idea,

    I never thought of that...hmmmmm I think I'm going to try this. Thanks a lot.

    Christal
     

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