Has anyone heard of putting food coloring in a hens vent?

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  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that you can put food coloring in a hens vent to tell which eggs are hers. Is this true? I can't tell my bantys eggs from my new pullet eggs and want to put my Banty roo in with them and hatch some bantys.
     
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    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes, this is a good way of knowing the difference between eggs. you put the coloring on the vent, and when the egg is laid it will have a ring of color on it. good luck!
     
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    EASY way to tell who is laying & its a very tried and true method anyone can do... Get some food coloring, NOT RED!!!!!, and an eye dropper with a touch ( (TBSP)of mineral oil Insert this into the hens vent very gently and only about an 1/4 in. Squeeze the eye dropper till empty. The next egg the hen lays will have this color on the shell. Use one color per bird, for 3 consecutive days. Whites are easier to see, but can be done with brown eggs also, green, blue & purple are easiest to see. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704274/how-can-i-tell-if-they-have-started-laying-yet/40
     
  5. LeJeune1

    LeJeune1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive heard of doing it, but never have. I have been known to hang out in the coop for loooong hours to see who is busy laying :eek:)
     
  6. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me lejeune but I have a 6 year old, 14 month old baby and pregnant so I don't judge the time I used to. Wish I could egg watch :)
     
  7. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did it today with the help of my 6yr old. Let's see how it goes?!
     
  8. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly, I don't think this would work, and it could even be harmful to the hen. Besides, with all the pooping they do, you'll have some colorful potty droppings and brown eggs [​IMG]
     
  9. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    it does work. besides, if you actually put it inside the bird in the right oviduct, then the poop doesn't touch it.
     
  10. Sally Sunshine

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