COCHINEAL to help egg shells stay hard

Hi all,

I was told today by a friend that her mother used to put cochineal (crushed beetles that make red food colouring) into the chickens water to make their egg shells harder.
I have never heard this before, has anyone else?
Dale

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Dec 01, 2011
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She may be fooled
by: Anonymous

It sometimes works but not always. You would need to leave it until close to the time that chicks would have been hatching then take out the eggs and put the chicks under her and hope to fool mother hen. Some are fooled and some aren't.

Steven

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Putting 1 day old chicks under broody hen
by: Dale Morgan

Hi there, today I was told you can put 1 day old chicks under a broody hen and she will accept them.
Any thoughts on that?
Dale

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