felicefawn:

Coloring embryos by injecting dye into eggs before they hatch has been practiced for a number of years. It is done to identify the young of certain hatches or groups. And it makes it easier to observe movements of wild birds (especially water fowl) after they leave the nests.

The process of coloring chicks by injecting dye into the eggs also provides an opportunity to study early feather growth. Juvenile plumage will replace the colored down in about two weeks. As this happens, the dyed background amid new growing feathers provides a constantly changing pattern.

While it is possible to inject eggs from about the 10th to 19th days of incubation, the period from the 11th to 14th days appears to be ideal. Only one treatment is necessary if the injection is done at this time. When injections are made after the 14th day the color usually remains localized because the embryo occupies most of the egg; so it may be necessary to inject the egg in more than one place.

Harmless vegetable dyes, such as food coloring dyes sold in grocery stores, work very satisfactorily.

This does not harm the chicks in any way, and eventually as they mature their adult feathers push through and they develop normally with their standard coloured feathers.

nowhereinthemiddle:

This is the first time one of the chickens came up onto the back deck, and Penny the kitty is SO EXCITED.

nowhereinthemiddle:

This is the first time one of the chickens came up onto the back deck, and Penny the kitty is SO EXCITED.

fuckyeahcluckers:

This is my silly Polish named Baby with a petal on his head

fuckyeahcluckers:

This is my silly Polish named Baby with a petal on his head

p877821:

Chickens by Paul.White on Flickr.

p877821:

Chickens by Paul.White on Flickr.

potato-deities:

BEHOLD this is the CHICKEN HEAD VORTEX. Once in a blue moon a chicken will shake her head so fast she BENDS SPACE AND TIME. The result is JUST LIKE A BLACK HOLE even though BLACK HOLES AND VORTEXES ARE NOT THE SAME THING. Try to avoid getting sucked into the CHICKEN HEAD VORTEX, for chances of being TRANSPORTED TO THE CHICKENVERSE! Beware through, if your caught observing this phenomenon the chicken will give you the GLARE OF DEATH, for you are NOT SUPPOSE TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHICKEN HEAD VORTEX!!! 

soupcitylights:

theres this pigeon that started following my chicken flock around a while back after getting attacked by something (maybe a cat??) and he’s starting to think he’s a chicken
he follows the flock
he sits on the fences by them all day
and then I come out today and see him chasing on of my hens and…

nambroth:

Derperella (the.. um.. weird Faverolles hen) enjoys having her keel rubbed. She then transforms into the legendary Derpball.

kastiakbc:

My lovely burds.<3

tylertakespictures:

8/365 - Sometimes my sister’s job requires her to temporarily bring home 25 baby chicks and that makes me very very happy.