Easter eggs, freshly dyed.

Decorating Easter eggs is a family tradition, we experimented with our farm fresh eggs this year and the results were beautiful.

Easter eggs, in our house, had always started off as the white eggs we would buy at the store. But as our diverse flock (Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Buff Oprington, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Americauna) provided such a wide variety of eggs with pretty natural colors, it was hard to imagine dying them in the traditional way.

Nope. These eggs are natural. No dye, no filter on the pic.

Last year we shared a picture on social media of our chicken eggs in a basket. The responses included questions as to whether we had already dyed the eggs. “Why in the world would you want to tinker with naturally decorated Easter eggs?” some questioned. So, this year, we egg-sperimented with decorating for Easter and the results were beautiful.

Fresh farm eggs and store bought eggs ready for hard boiling.

We headed to our neighborhood Kroger, bought a dozen of their large eggs and collected another 3 dozen of our mixed eggs. In the pot, the white eggs really stood out from the blue-green Ameraucana eggs and the multiple shades of brown and brownish-purple from our other chickens (and you have to see what they look like on the inside, we egg-sperimented with that too).

Here’s what we did:

We used an inexpensive Paas dying kit we picked up at the store that came with 5 colors; red, yellow, orange, pink and blue. It was fascinating to see just how different each of the eggs looked when soaked in the same color for 5 minutes.

The eggs dyed blue provided some of the widest variety of shades. Blue-green eggs came out with a more deep blue-green look. White eggs showed a traditional blue color. Brown eggs, when dyed blue had a more blue-green look than the eggs that started out blue-green.
Yellow dye provided really fascinating results. While the traditional white eggs looked pale yellow, blue-green eggs had an “aged” yellow look… almost a green-yellow. The brown eggs came out looking nearly orange after 5 minutes in the yellow dye.
After 5 minutes in the orange dye, white eggs were a bland orange while the blue-green eggs came out orange with a hint of green. The brown eggs have the most marvelous deep orange hue.
White eggs look a very festive pink when dyed in that color. The brown eggs emerged from the pink dye with an orange-pink tint and the blue-green eggs were not very pink looking (in fact they weren’t very spectacular).
Red dye looked a bit pink on the white eggs, orange-red on the brown and a mediocre red on the blue-green eggs.

You have to try this for yourself.

The egg-speriment was a blast, but it’s hard to not want to keep our farm fresh eggs just the way they are at Easter. We encourage you to find a local farmer, farm market or use your own chicken’s eggs to try this for yourself.

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