Who uses food coloring in vent?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vpeterson, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. vpeterson

    vpeterson Songster

    I just applied four different colors of food dye into four different hen's vents. Does anyone else do this to help figure out who is laying which egg? I did basic green, red, blue and yellow. I figure that I could get those neon colors and get pink and purple too. I did this once before and it worked. Just wondering if its safe for the hen. How often would I have to do this? Every week? Is there a better way? I don't have trap nests but I have thought about it.
     

  2. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

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    Hmmm.... never heard of that one.....

    I'm thinking about doing that at Easter time - avoid the whole mess we make when dying eggs. [​IMG]
     
  3. buckeyefever

    buckeyefever In the Brooder

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    I have read that in a previous post or perhaps in some publication, not sure, but I have read about food coloring being used to identify layers eggs. Just a drop is supposed last for several days. I don't do it, but now I am going to try to find where I read that.
     
  4. downstownlady

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    Quote:OMG...what a hoot!!! ROFLMAO...(and I know that this isn't the least bit helpful!!!)
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I think its kinda weird..sorry.
    Wouldnt want to be one of those hens... just my opinion though..
     
  6. ninjascrub69

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    Quote:[​IMG] , but still i agree with redhen
     
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  7. Harrietsmum

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    Use your wife/girlfriend/daughter's lipstick. Put it back quickly before they realize what you have done. Should work really well. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

  8. PhilErvin

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  9. geepy

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    *thinking* so glad I don't use lipstick
     
  10. briteday

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    Using anything red is not a good idea. The other chickens may actually cannibalize the one with red on its bottom.
     

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