Food coloring?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by muscovy94, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    Hey everyone I am trying to find specific eggs only layed by one of my silkie hens but i can never catch her in the act. I have heard some people drop food coloring into the chickens butt (please excuse my ignorance). Is that true? Is it safe? Does it really show up on the eggs?
  2. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    I have read posts from folks suggesting this. If the food coloring is fit for human consumption, I believe it would be okay to place on the hen. I have never done this, but I am guessing you'd really need to rub it into the vent to have the color dye the egg, and it would probably show up in a streaking pattern. Personally, I've considered setting up a nanny cam to determine who's laying what. Best of luck!

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