Colored Chicks Got Dye Injection While in Eggs

I've always thought that 1) buying baby chicks - cute as they are - for little children's transitory enjoyment on Easter is kind of cruel and 2) colored chicks get to be that way because they are sprayed with dye after they are hatched.

I don't know if you agree with me or not on point number one, but I guess I was wrong on the second part: chicks can actually get colored by injection of dyes a couple of hours before hatching time!

The scanned article above came from a 1947 Mechanix Illustrated, but it seems like the technique is alive and well today: Link - Thanks Jon Jason!


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if this were from 2007, i'd say it was photoshopped, anyway. look at the feathers around the bright pink one . . . this photo was doctored.
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I actually knew a girl that did this for our junior high school science fair. Injected the eggs herself! Dying Easter eggs just wouldn't be the same after that.
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I had a colored chick when I was 11. His feathers grew in normally (white), and he ruled the house. He rode around on our Airedale's head. When the weather warmed up, my mother insisted that he live outside (he was getting bigger, too). He proceeded to eat all the petunias she had planted in the window boxes. Then he started crowing.

A friend who lived on a farm volunteered to take him, promising that he would live free and happy. Two weeks later, the guy showed up and complained that Chirstopher had been tough! I was devastated.
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