How do they get colored Easter chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Frozen Feathers, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Is it some sort of dye they feed the hens or do they color the chicks after they've hatched?? I always wondered that....
  2. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    Back closer to Easter time, someone here said that they inject the dye into the egg while the chick is developing. I don't know if that's always the case, but it would probably be easier than dipping them after they hatch. To me, it's a wonder they can even hatch after having a hole popped in the egg.
  3. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    I always thought that the down was dyed with food coloring...after hatch. I don't know, I've never dyed a chicken before!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You can do either in egg or after hatch. It is easier after hatch so most do it that way I would say. You can hatch chicks after popping a hole in an egg, you can even hatch chicks that you window (cut a hole in the side), disect in or out parts of the developing chick, and tape back shut. Hatch rate is low but it is possble.
  5. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    they inject the chick a week or 2 before it hatches. . .

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