Author Topic: Marking hatching eggs  (Read 56 times)

Jessica Rodgers

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Marking hatching eggs
« on: November 02, 2021, 08:42:06 PM »
Has anyone successfully used the food coloring in the hens vent to mark eggs as they are being laid? I need to know who is carrying and passing on some recessive traits so I need to make sure the eggs are separated by what hen laid them. I do not have the space to separate individual hens out.

Or are there any other methods besides trap nests or visiting the coop multiple times a day?

Justin Snyder

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Re: Marking hatching eggs
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2021, 07:31:57 PM »
I have tried it but without any luck. I have read it multiple times but I must be doing something wrong. I did read the other day that putting gel food coloring on the feathers around the vent is the secret but I haven't tried that yet. I will try again when someone starts laying.

Jessica Rodgers

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Re: Marking hatching eggs
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2021, 10:42:17 PM »
I plan on doing the gel for the 2022 hatching season. Hopefully it works! I hear mixed reviews on it so I’m curious to  try it for myself.