How to Color Your Chickens for Easter and Other Festivities

Posted by Allie Layos

It’s easy to have some festive fun with your chickens.

**Disclaimer** This does not hurt the chickens in any way as they are dyed with food safe coloring or hairspray. 

Bored of your red, brown, or white chickens? Why not dye them? It may sound far-fetched, but many chicken owners have enjoyed color-changing chickens, and with just a few supplies and a couple minutes you can do the same.

Coloring a chicken’s feathers can be accomplished in various ways, but two of the most common methods involved edible food dye and non-toxic aerosol hair dye.

To use the food-dye method, you will need the dye, a small bowl, and a toothbrush. Put a couple drops of food dye into the bowl and use the toothbrush to gently rub it onto the chicken’s feathers, making sure to avoid the chicken’s eyes and other orifices.

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If using the second method, all you need is a can of aerosol hair dye, which can be purchased at most party stores. It can be difficult to control where the spray paint ends up, so keep that in mind when you choose the setting. Outdoors or over a piece of scrap cardboard are both common choices.

When using the aerosol spray, you may want to avoid the chicken’s head entirely, as sprays don’t always have the most precise aim.

While the food dye will eventually fade on its own, the spray will need to be washed out (water should do the trick). Also keep in mind that you should not dye a chicken red and return him or her to the flock, as the color red reminds chickens of blood and may cause the others to attack the red chicken.

If you do dye your chicken red, it is best to remove the dye before he or she rejoins the flock.

Whether for the holidays or just for fun, coloring chickens is a delightful activity on all fronts.

It is high in the entertainment factor and risk-free for your chickens when done properly, so keep those colors coming!

Have you ever dyed your chickens? Show us in the comments below. 

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How to Color Your Chickens for Easter and Other Festivities