Is it possible to change egg colour?

Hi there keepers, just a quick post to ask that question really. Can you change, or I should say tint the colour of the eggs, by feeding the hens coloured food? The reason I ask this somewhat strange question is that, I noticed today that manuella’s eggs had a slight pink tinge to them, and it was only two days ago that she stopped eating the party food, which included a cake with very pink (fushia) icing, I’m wondering if this has made her eggs look slightly pink, hardly noticeable really, it was only when I put the eggs in the basket next to the previously layed eggs that I noticed this strange pink tinge.

Has any one had experience of this? or is it some other reason? please let me know via comment here, cheers.

Fussy Eaters

Hello keepers, not much to report so far this week, no projects on the go, although I did aquire a small fence, from a job I did earlier in the week, so I imagine that will be going up somewhere soon, just trying to figure out the best spot for it.

The main thing I have noticed about the girls this week, is that after their party food had ran out, of course we went back to buying feed, they have mainly been fed layer pellets, from several suppliers, they have turned their beaks up at the budget pellets before. Well we had swapped them onto mash, the week before the party, so they had been used to moist food for a couple of weeks, unfortunatly the two shops we tried were sold out of mash, so we bought them the midrange layer pellets again, well it wasn’t good enough, although they were hungry, as they had been complaining for a half an hour before I went to the shop,  when I delivered pellets to their feeding trough, they had a look, tried a couple, gagged a bit on them, like P.O.W’s from an old film, then took themselves off to bed, moaning about the dry food. I don’t know some birds just aren’t grateful.

Party Girls

Hi there keeepers, I’m sure that title might attract some non-chicken keepers, but the reason for it, is the other half finished up work for the easter break and they had a farewell do for a colleague, it seems there were too many party foods to consume and Eimear came home with a carrier bag full of quiche, sausage rolls, cake, apples and various savouries, so this morning I gave them just that, I piled a bit into their trough, they were staright into it, grabbing a piece of quiche each a running away with it, quite a sight seeing seven hens running around the garden with quiche sticking out of their beaks, they came back for cake and a drink after, no not lemonade, just water, I didn’t go that far. When they were all head down in the trough it did look a bit like a party, maybe next time I can make them some little hats to wear.

Running around like a Chicken

Hi there, today has been the most disaterous day for missing birds,. Normally Gloria and Nancy are the two most reliable hens for staying put, however today it seems an escape party had been organised, with probably Nellie and Daisy at the forefront of the plan, as they are the two that my 11yr son has to wrangle after school from the neighbours garden, on near enough a daily basis.

 I hear you cry , fences!!, yes well  i have built fences from bamboo, but they have taken to flying over them, last week there were two men digging a drench for a gas pipe next door, well do think i could keep them away from fresh worms, no is the short answer, so it took the workers a bit longer to dig the trench, as they played with the hens, i did offer to lock them up(the hens that is), but they were quite happy to have the girls along side them as they worked, made a change from their daily trench digging duties i guess.

But i digress, so back to the mass escape, a bit disconcerting to come out to give your 5 hens their afternoon snack, to find only one solo hen, looking at you as if to say, ‘ i told them not to do it, but they wouldn’t listen to me’, so off i go again, first to the neighbour to the right, where i normally find Nellie digging the bark, sure enough she’s there, 1 down 3 to go, spoke to the neighbour on the left, no sign of them, ummm, this posed a bit of a problem, it is easy to find the ones who escape regularly, because i know there favourite spots, but where to look for the others was a bit of a mystery, i live in a cul-de-sac, so i walked up to the end, looking in all the gardens, met another neighbour Vicky, no sighting from her either, it was as i turned to go home, i saw the siloutte of Gloria, in amongst the vegetation in the garden of the house on the corner, thats when the trouble started, Gloria, does not being pick up, and is a fast runner, so the end result is me running around stooped over in amongst the neighbour bushes, finally chased her back up the road to the house, i had broken into a sweat, 2 down 2 to go, well Daisy came out of hiding to see what all the commotion was about, grabbed her, 3 down, 1 to go, Nancy was no where to be seen, she had never been out before, and there are plenty a cats in the area, to chase her about, i searched all the front gardens of my short road, then went around the corner to the main road searched another 10 or so houses, eventually in got in the car, and drove off to find her, i didn’t have to go far, she was up the road under a bush, honestly, i’m wiped out. i think project fences is going to need an upgrade.

thechickenkeeper