Is it really animal cruelty? Gee I hope no cops or animal control officers catch my BO with the pink in her feathers. Seriously though, does it actually bother the chicken? I think if the bird was dyed with a chemical dye, oh heck yes it would bother the bird. Kool-aid is a good dye though, and food coloring. Maybe it depends on the chicken, I've known my chickens longer than anyone else has, so it's not really anyone's say if it's cruelty or unfair to the bird. What do you think? I know that silkies are a breed that is used for dying, alot. If I had a white silkie I would create a heart in the feathers using kool-aid.