Mother Hen Eats Dye, Chicks Hatch Out Freakish Colors (Jan, 1933)

Mother Hen Eats Dye, Chicks Hatch Out Freakish Colors

THE chickens seen in the photo at the left may look just like any brood of infant barnyard fowl but that is because Modern Mechanix couldn’t print them in colors. In the flesh, however, they are a deep pink in hue with bills and toe nails a resplendent rose color.

The chicks were produced during experiments in which the mother was fed red dye. Further experiments are under way with other dyes and soon purple and green hens may be as common as white and brown ones now. The chickens otherwise are normal in every respect.

  1. rsterling78 says: August 11, 20085:30 am

    “Mother Hen Eats Dye, Chicks Hatch Out Freakish Colors…but…Modern Mechanix couldn’t print them in colors.”

    So why include the photo at all?

  2. Mike says: August 11, 20089:26 am

    Was it organic red dye?

  3. JM says: August 11, 200810:19 am

    I suppose those chickens grew up and died alone… because their colors scared the other “normal” hens and roosters…

    By the way… Why would anyone would ask something like: “For me the roasted pink chicken please” ??

  4. jayessell says: August 11, 20084:18 pm

    JM: Pre-Colored Easter Eggs!

  5. Anne says: August 11, 200810:17 pm

    jayessell: That’s exactly what they used to be for, actually. Colored Easter chicks. Though, I’m pretty sure that they started simply dipping the chicks in dye. I think. Either way, can’t be good for the chicken.

  6. phil says: August 18, 20088:07 am

    if you cross bred a red and a blue one …….

  7. arizona term life insurance says: August 18, 200810:12 pm

    I don’t suppose animal rights people would approve of this method

  8. nichelle says: September 27, 200810:45 pm

    hi this picture of the girl on the news paper is pretty and beatuful

  9. nichelle says: September 27, 200810:54 pm

    Hi my name is Nichelle and i have a poem to say about the chicks. Voilets are red roses are blue these chicks are as beatuful as u mother hen.

  10. Zak Lybrand says: February 22, 20098:09 pm

    Nichelle’s comments aren’t at all creepy. Not in the slightest…


  11. nadimah says: June 5, 20098:21 am

    Nowadays the colourant is injected into the egg a day or so before the chick hatches. If all goes well the albumen is blue (or whatever colour) and the chicks entire bodies are drenched in blue food colouring and the hatched chick remains completely blue untill new feathers begin to grow in their natural colour. Many chicks die from infection entering the breached egg or from the die being injected into their bodies. I wonder if the dye stings eyes and affects eyesight, what a stupid practice. Feeding food colour to hens seems less harmful overall. Many magicians mix food colour and water in a spray bottle and soak their doves, this seems less harmfull still than injecting and ingesting but it is uneccissary.

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