Three Ways to Dye Eggs March 29, 2012

When I was little , we colored eggs every year in the spring: one dozen of the big white eggs we bought from the grocery store. This was the era before—okay, way before—backyard chicken keeping was popular. Not only that, but I lived in town, away from any local farmers who might have real eggs for us. Grocery store eggs it had to be.

Brown eggs

Grocery store eggs were never like this!

Once I was older, I began buying brown eggs for eating, rather than white. Why? I’m not sure. I think I had the vague notion that they were farmier, but the truth is that the color of the shell has nothing to do with the taste or nutrition of the egg. The only thing that affects the egg’s nutrition is the hens’ diet. Hens with access to pasture lay healthier eggs

Extreme pasturing

At our farm, the hens practice what I'll call, um, "extreme pasturing," wandering into the edge of our forest (watched over by one of our roosters). Does this mean they'll lay "extreme" eggs?

So, people who keep their own hens tend to have much healthier (farmier?) eggs, but I didn’t know that way back when. I bought brown eggs to eat, but once a year in the spring I would still get one dozen white eggs specially for dyeing.

Now I know a lot more about eggs… and I also know I needn’t have bothered buying white for dyeing. What was I thinking? You can dye brown eggs just as easily, and brown eggs produce prettier colors: they’re earthy and less garish than the stark colors on white eggs. So, if you’ve been making the same mistake I did, try it out this year. Dye some brown eggs from your own hens. You may find you prefer the colors!

Dyed eggs

The dyed brown shelled eggs in the front row seem lovelier to me than the stark colors of the dyed white shelled eggs behind them.

When dyeing any eggs, though, there are just a few things to remember. For example, you’ll want to be sure to follow our tips for cooking your eggs so they will be easy to peel. (You know you want them to peel easily for when you make deviled eggs!)

You’ll also want to make sure to thoroughly wash your eggs before dyeing them. Especially when you have your own hens, you’ll need to wash the eggs before dyeing… not because they’re dirtier than commerical eggs, but because they’re cleaner. Strange, huh? Eggs laid by your own hens still have the “bloom” on them, which is a natural barrier left by the hens to keep eggs fresh. Often, grocery store eggs must be washed (sometimes in chemical solutions containing chlorine or lye, yergh) because of the unsanitary conditions they’re laid in, so commercial eggs will already be missing the bloom. Your eggs will not have been treated this way, which is a good thing in most cases… but in the case of dyeing eggs, unfortunately the bloom can interfere with the process, so be sure to wash and dry your eggs first. If you have to use grocery store eggs, we’d also recommend washing them, mostly to remove any chemicals used to “clean” them, but also because some factory farm eggs are coated with mineral oil, double yuck.

Once your eggs are prepared, you’ll be ready to dye them.

There are three basic ways to dye your eggs.

The first way is using food color, often from various egg coloring kits specially packaged for coloring springtime eggs. I grew up using Paas, simple food coloring tablets that are ubiquitous in grocery stores this time of year in the US. You’ll find there are various brands that can give you glittery, speckledy, swirly or tie dyed appearances. One of the benefits of using a kit is that the dyes are measured out precisely, there are instructions as to how to achieve the best effect, and the kits often come with little wire egg dippers, stickers, decorating tools and other fun accessories for your kids. The truth is that you can use any brand of food coloring (whether it comes in a special egg kit or not), and blend colors together to mix your own shades at home.

Dyeing eggs with food coloring

My food color baths are ready for eggs (pictured above)!

Coloring eggs this way is fairly quick and easy—a great way to go if you want vivid colors quickly and easily. Take them out of the baths, and voila!

Eggs colored by food coloring

Leave your cooked eggs in a food coloring bath for 15 - 20 minutes, then dry in an egg carton.

 

The second way way to dye your eggs is to use natural egg dyes rather than food coloring. To be frank, this is way more trouble. I’m a trouble maker, though, so it’s right up my alley. Using natural dyes often takes several pans for cooking up the colors, and then the eggs sometimes need to soak for additional time overnight to get any depth of shade. On the other hand, it makes your house smell all kinds of interesting. For this latest batch, I colored some eggs with blueberries, making my house smell like muffins. Then I did a set in curry (as I was out of straight turmeric), making the kitchen smell heavenly… and giving me a terrible craving for Indian food.

Eggs in beet juice

Alas, the beet juice eggs didn't smell like much.

If you choose to “go natural” be sure to tell your kids or grandkids how long it will take, or you may end up suffering from the egg version of the “are we there yet?” chant!  That said, the colors are amazing– often textured and with the feel of real eggs–perhaps exotic eggs, but real–rather than bright or garish as eggs colored with food coloring can be.

Here are some commonly used natural dyes:

  • Red cabbage – pretty blue
  • Yellow onion skins – warm gold
  • Turmeric (or curry) – also gold (“old gold” as we say in West Virginia)
  • Chamomile tea – pale yellow
  • Red onion skins – jadeite green
  • Beets – pink/magenta
  • Grape juice – indigo
  • Blueberry – bluish or purple
  • Coffee – earthy brown

There are many other natural dyes, but these were always my favorites. Using natural dyes is more tricky. The eggs also tend to look drier when done, and the color scratches off pretty easily. It’s a look I love, though!

Eggs colored with natural dyes

These eggs were colored with natural dyes, including coffee, turmeric and yellow onion skins, beet juice and blueberries. The speckles you see were originally on the eggs when laid, and the dye stained them darker than the rest of the shell.

The third way—and by far the easiest— is simply to let your hens color your eggs. Easter Eggers lay eggs in pretty shades of blue and green that really need no improvement by the hand of man, and even brown egg layers produce many many shades, including pale parchment, warm brown, pink, chocolate, terra cotta and many colors in between.

Natural eggs

Colored by hens, not by me!

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726 Comments
Lisa Brown March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait until my girls are laying so I can dye the eggs! These are so beautiful, I like the brown eggs better than the white ones. Thank you MPC for always giving great information and new ideas!

Pattie March 29th, 2012

I love the natural coloring the best. Every morning is like Easter finding all the great colors each hen specializes her eggs with!

suzanne pattillo March 29th, 2012

I have for hens….just about a year old!..this will be my first year decorating their eggs for Easter…Very excited!!!…anyway, I think I will hand paint them as they are very “special” eggs..hehehehe…would love to wim the ceramic egg carton. I get 28 eggs per week from my girls and since my eggs are “special” eggs…they need a “special” ceramic egg carton!!!

Aprille March 29th, 2012

I am excited to have eggs from our easter eggers next year when they are laying at Easter but this year we will be coloring our brown eggs with the dye and vinegar deal. We also use crayons before we dye to mix it up a bit. Pretty little fancy eggs!

Sara Morrow March 29th, 2012

Our ladies lay such beautiful eggs we only dye store bought ones (why ruin such a good looking egg??) We use Paas or just food coloring.. simple and easy!

Kasey Littler March 29th, 2012

We get Easter eggs year round with our “Easter Eggers” But we also like to use method one with our kids, they have fun setting it all up and finding different colors by mixing them. We do love our natural colored eggs from our hens though, when I use the green one’s in the morning, I say we are having “Green eggs and ham”

Phil Collins March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the information, never thought brown eggs could be dyed. Still waiting for my girls to start laying.

Debbie Matheny Cox March 29th, 2012

I just LOVE how vibrant the colors are when we color the brown eggs. Thank you SO much for listing the “natural” dies. I will definitely try them this year. It sure beats buying them!

Deanna Broe March 29th, 2012

We like to use rubber bands to make different lines on our eggs. Egg shells are very strong and hold up well to rubber bands, just put them on the eggs before you dye them, it just makes the decorating a bit more exciting.

Courtney March 29th, 2012

Thanks so much! I was just starting to wonder if I could dye our eggs or if I was gong to have to buy some white ones! So glad to know that I still don’t have to buy them for any reason!

Kim D. March 29th, 2012

I LOVE using all natural products to dye our eggs! We really enjoy using a rubber band to create beautiful effects :) We usually do about 3 dozen so I will definitely try out the brown eggs as well!! Thank you!

Cassie Barnett March 29th, 2012

I cant wait to color some of our brown egg!! I didn’t really realize that the colors would turn out so vividly! Hope mine are as pretty!!

Kim March 29th, 2012

Thanks so much for all of this egg wisdom! I love this site and all the info offered here.

Jasen Wheeler March 29th, 2012

I used to love drawing my initials on my eggs with a white crayon, {on white eggs}, so that when you dyed them you would no who colored what egg!

Linda Kuczwanski March 29th, 2012

I love the natural colors. I can’t wait to try the red onion skins!
How many does it take?

Niser March 29th, 2012

I love your ideas!

Donna Crane March 29th, 2012

THANKS FOR MAKING THE START OF THIS NEW DAY SO COLORFUL WITH DYED BROWN EGGS. WOW! WHAT BRILLANT COLORS AND ALL THESE YEARS I THOUGHT IT HAD TO BE THE WHITE EGGS USED FOR COLORING. I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF NATURAL DYES. WILL GET THE GRANDKIDS GATHERED UP AND START HUNTING FOR NATURES DYES. THANKS FOR GREAT TIPS.

Amy Turner March 29th, 2012

I will be so excited when my easter egger starts laying to see what beauty she creates all by herself!!!

Viviana March 29th, 2012

I recently found out a way to make “zombie” eggs! You just gotta hard-boil them, crack the shell a bit, and put some food coloring over the cracks so the color seeps in. Then let them sit for a while, and when you crack them, they look amazing, with their crazy lines of color! It’s almost like stained glass art. Lovely!

Barb March 29th, 2012

Thanks for all this information, coloring eggs is so much fun!

Erin C March 29th, 2012

Im excited to try the natural dyes!

Nicole March 29th, 2012

This year my girls are too little to lay eggs, but I linked this post on my g-mail calendar for next Easter! We’ve done brown eggs in the past, because the colors came out more like pretty colored rocks, which is great for a more challenging egg hunt!

Chrissy March 29th, 2012

I am so excited now to get coloring our eggs. Nice to know about the brown eggs also, I have always done the white only. Makes me want a couple easter eggers now so they can do their “own” coloring :) Thanks for all the wonderful blogs.

Carina McDowell March 29th, 2012

I had not thought about coloring brown eggs, but the colors are beautiful! I just got my girls, so I won’t be able to color them this year. Next year will be fun though!

Melissa March 29th, 2012

Love it! Can’t wait to try the natural dyes!

Christine March 29th, 2012

I used to buy white eggs from the store, but this year I’ll be using my hen’s brown eggs! The colors look so vibrant I can’t believe there is such a difference. We are actually coloring eggs with my niece and nephew and grandparents tomorrow, so I have just over a dozen I’ll be bringing! I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I love this blog, thank you for doing it.

Sharon Munyak March 29th, 2012

Love to dye easter eggs with my nieces and nephew. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Cheryl Lindsay March 29th, 2012

Absolutely loved all the ideas!!! Our three Rhode Island Reds lay very different colors, one is speckled, one light brown, one dark brown. We can’t wait to try some experiments with colors of our own!!! :)

Karen March 29th, 2012

I love easter eggers and the idea of doing it naturally, but will just probably buy a kit again. However, I am going to try using my brown eggs this year!

Lissa March 29th, 2012

@Linda, it takes a LOT to get good color. What I do is cook my eggs in a pot with the ingredients for that particular dye, and add vinegar as well–vinegar acts as a mordant and makes the colors stronger. Some of the natural dyes can really take overnight to provide much color, so I pour the cooling liquid into canning jars with the eggs I cooked in them, and leave in the refrigerator as long as I can stand it. :)

@ Deanna and Kim, I used to do the rubber band thing, too! I had forgotten. I always loved those eggs. Sometimes we’d dye one all over a light color like yellow, let that dry, then rubber band on top and dip into blue dye. In the end the egg would be greenish with yellow stripes. Very fun!

Meredith Vincent March 29th, 2012

The eggs from my girls are naturally beautiful but I love to color them by using silk to dye them. I go to the thrift store where you can find old silk ties with beautiful prints on them. Cut them into pieces and wrap them around the eggs and then boil them. The eggs turn out beautifully decorated with very little effort.

Jason Lamoy March 29th, 2012

We don’t use our brown eggs for dying, But our blue eggs are my favorite for many reasons.

Lindy Gunnison March 29th, 2012

thank you for the great egg coloring advice. This is the first easter our hens are laying and I wasn’t sure if it was possible to color brown eggs. I am excited to try out your ideas with my 2yr old. =)

Stacey March 29th, 2012

Even though we have all hues of blues, greens, creams and browns, thought I was going to have to swap for white eggs from a neighboring farm. Thanks for the ideas and examples ’cause we’re dying our own this year! Love the natural dyes but with four children under the age of 8, we’ll be using our Paas kids…. :)

Oh, and we LOVE our Easter Egger chickens bought from My Pet Chicken last year. They lay the most beautiful eggs!

Lacy March 29th, 2012

I’m so bummed my hens aren’t old enough to lay eggs for Easter this year. Guess I will be going with the store-bought variety again. :(
I love the way natural dye looks, but my kids are just not that patient(ok, neither am I…). We will be going with a good old, tried and true Paas kit. :)

Colleen March 29th, 2012

The eggs are just breath taking…..so beautiful!!

gail maison March 29th, 2012

I really love the look of the natural dyed eggs ! I’m definately gonna try this this year !!

john March 29th, 2012

I like option #3 the best!

LaVonne Marshall March 29th, 2012

Love my chickens and their colored eggs. My chickens keep insects at by, cutting down on the fly population around my stable and give me pretty nutritional eggs as a bonus. Would not be without them!

Jessy Phelps March 29th, 2012

Love this blog, I have dyed eggs with natural dyes while fun it is A LOT of work and for a child (I have a seven year old) it takes entirely too much time and takes the fun out of the whole process for her. I love my easter eggers and the array of colored eggs we get every day from white to cream to tan to brown to blue and green.

However now that easter is approaching we will be doing food coloring to make various shades and colors and dye our fingers, hands, arms, clothes, etc. lol as well I am sure. I love to use a good piece of wax and do a very simple form of Pysanky to really make eggs pop and look unique.

Leslie Cates March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the great information. Had never thought to use natural dyes. I have an adult daughter who loves to dye eggs at easter and this will interest her greatly.

Tanner March 29th, 2012

I really like the old-fashioned artificial way.
To me, the smell of vinegar reminds me of easters past.

Sara March 29th, 2012

What absolutely gorgeous eggs. We are having an egg party the day before Easter. I can’t wait to try the natural dyes. I am also going to make chickie deviled eggs. Should be fun. Thanks for the great advice!!

Shelly Wade March 29th, 2012

My Grandmother always dyed white eggs with onion skins for a nice golden brown color. At home we always used Paas on white eggs for those bright colors kids love. I never thought of dying the brown eggs my chickens lay until recently. Just for fun, on St. Patrick’s Day, I colored some green. They turned out beautiful!!! I can’t wait to color some for Easter.

Christa March 29th, 2012

This is my first Easter with chickens so I look forward to trying to dye those lovely brown eggs. I’m thinking we will experiment and use the different techniques to dye them, why not mix it up right! My kids usually like to use a wax crayon to draw pictures on their eggs before we dye them, the dye doesn’t penetrate the wax so when you’re done, they are customized masterpieces! So fun!!!

Kimmie Sanders March 29th, 2012

My son is nearly 3 this year, but last year we did the tye-dye eggs. They were great, but they were white, store bought eggs. Looking forward to this year, my 1 year old daughter will be in on the fun too!

Karen March 29th, 2012

My family use to “blow out” our eggs first before coloring! That way after you dyed them you could hang then on an egg tree and they would last a long time!!

James March 29th, 2012

Looks like fun.

Jan O. March 29th, 2012

The natural dyed eggs are beautiful! I don’t have any young children at home so I haven’t dyed eggs for a while. My grandsons might be interested in trying this.
Another way to cook eggs is to steam them. I know, sounds weird. I didn’t think that it would work either. You put a single layer of eggs in your steamer basket. Set that over boiling water and cover. Steam for 17 minutes for med-large eggs. Remove and put into cold water. It has worked well for me with my fresh eggs.

sharona March 29th, 2012

we used all vaggie to dye eggs. the colors are dull but they look beautiful to us…we use red onion skin, beets, blueberries and coffee. and the kids also finger paint some of them. dyeing eggs is a highlight of our whole year!!! we have 3 ‘dixie chicks’ and we get 2 eggs a day…we are ready for some more!!
we love being chicken folk!!!

ps, i am human…i wish i could download somepictures to here, but im not computer wise…lol

summer March 29th, 2012

Thank you! I rotatably enjoyed learning about the”bloom” I didn’t know that what our was called! I also didn’t know about the chemicals used in store bought eggs. I have Easter eggers and my kids say its like Easter ever day around here lol! The natural way looks way neat but I think we will be doing the paas way this year! Thank you for this informative and way cute blog. Oh and PICK ME, PICK ME! :)

Katrina March 29th, 2012

Oh I can not wait until these lil chicks get here so we can get the egg process going! Next Easter is going to be a blast being able to dye our very own eggs. Most of ours will be brown layers so this is good to know! And as a photographer I can not wait to capture all the great colors!

Nadja March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the great info! I love my chickens and can’t wait until they are laying so we can color their eggs! My grandson and I have decided that we are going to color our first batch the natural way, Easter or not! :)

Liz Dean March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to try this with our eggs this year!

Sara March 29th, 2012

You can also peel they eggs and then die them (with the natural dyes only). If you use beet juice and curry. You can make a tasty egg salad after. We frequently make pickled eggs in beet juice. The peeled egg dyes really well. It has to stay refrigerated, but the dyed eggs make really pretty deviled eggs.

Courtney March 29th, 2012

I never even thought about dyeing our brown eggs, but they are beautiful. Thanks for the info!

Candie Hawkins March 29th, 2012

I use the professional liqua-gel colors, make deep beautiful colored eggs!

Angela March 29th, 2012

I agree, the brown eggs have richer colors. You get the benefit of color blending when the brown is overdyed, as opposed to dying a “colorless” egg.

jenna nelson March 29th, 2012

I love the natural dye and we have the “hen” dying too ! I think I’ll have to try the natural material dying this year I think that Elderberry juice would make a pretty egg color, don’t you ? ~ Jenna

summer March 29th, 2012

Wow, dang smart phone! I should have proud read that first. Haha. Sorry! rotatably = really, our=it, ever = every

Dawn Bunn March 29th, 2012

We have white, cream, light and dark brown, and green/blue eggs and we love dying them all! We just use the basic store bought dyes but we do leave some all natural to add to our colors! I didn’t know about using your oldest eggs. I won’t have any old enough to peel easy but I will remember that tip for next year! Thanks!

naomi March 29th, 2012

we love our easter egger hens and i love the variety of colors that eggs come in naturally. we have several easter egger hens that lay varying shades of green eggs and we bred them with our polish rooster (polish lay white eggs). we are looking forward to seeing if they lay more blue colored eggs, i really want one that lays blue. i came across this blog this winter and have been looking forward to easter ever since. i can’t wait to try the natural egg dye.

Mary March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the ideas. We are having an egg coloring party on Thursday with a bunch of friends and family.h

LaRessie March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the chance to win an egg rack. :) We love to dye the eggs in traditional easter egg dyes. We like to write on the eggs with a crayon first (words or drawings) then color them. It makes a very neat design.

Aanbel March 29th, 2012

I was so glad to find this- I had been worried that my girls’ brown eggs would be “un-dye-able”. Now I am looking even more forward to decorating! My dogs like when I make an Easter egg Tree with whole shells (they get to have a little extra goodness with breakfast!). Thanks for energizing me!

Karen S. March 29th, 2012

How cool! I never knew you could color brown eggs. I’d always bought store bought white ones for that purpose. I’m taking some over to my grandkids today so they can color grandma chicken’s brown eggs!
Thanks also for the giveaway!

Terry Russelburg March 29th, 2012

Love your site better than newspaper in the morning .love the ideal of natural egg colors. Keep up the good work.

Cliffside Chicken Ranch March 29th, 2012

My daughter just tried the silk wrapped egg vinegar bath it turned out so beautiful!

Tina Gosnell March 29th, 2012

I love to make my eggs last forever! I poke a small hole in both ends with a toothpick and blow out the egg white and yolk. Then place them in a nice basket and keep out of reach of the Grand-kids! Enjoy.

Robin March 29th, 2012

I love the idea of the natural dye — I think my boys will see it as a cool science experiment too. Thanks for doing this.

The chart of what plants make what colors is very useful for so many things – I suppose you could use it for cloth too if you then soaked the cloth in venegar or salt water to set the colors.

Great stuff! Thanks!

Manja March 29th, 2012

My hens give me almost white, different shades of brown, green and blue eggs so I was thinking this year to color my own eggs to see what happens instead of buying white ones from the grocery store or to just skip coloring altogether because they are already so pretty. I think I will color some for the kids though.

Candace March 29th, 2012

I agree, the brown eggs do look prettier than the white! I never would have thought to dye brown eggs, either! My egg-dying methods are pretty old-fashioned – good old Paas dye on white store bought eggs – but this year I’m inspired to try brown eggs and maybe even some natural dyes. I LOVE blueberries so that would be an easy choice for me!

Heather Zickefoose March 29th, 2012

I cant wait til time to dye easter eggs with my kiddos! We just recently go into chickens and have to wait til next year to enjoy our EE colors from our babies! But until then the kids love to dye and decorate them…we usually color them all colors, some tye dye, others colored by hand with crayons ( thats my 5 yr olds way of doing his;) ) I really love the way your brown colored eggs look when dyed, such rich colors!! we are really loving having chickens and cant wait to share in the excitement of our own eggs! :D

Robin March 29th, 2012

I forgot to add that I have made Christmas ornaments (Easter tree ornaments?) by blowing the eggs to get the empty shells, then painting them.

To cover the larger hole I made to blow out the insides of the egg, I make a loop with, and then coil the metallic twine used for wrapping gifts around the top of the egg starting below the hole. When I’m done, the hole is covered, the loop allows me to hang the egg and the twine looks beautiful.

Wish I had a picture to share. Maybe later.

Jerry March 29th, 2012

Never thought about the natural colors. What a great idea. Thanks

Suzette Martin March 29th, 2012

I’ve been dying brown eggs forever. Love the beautiful colors! My kids grew up helping with this, now I look forward to the day my grandkids can help gather the eggs, boil and dye them! Memories!

Peggy Eiland March 29th, 2012

I haven’t dyed eggs in years but seeing your gorgeous pictures makes me want to start mixing up dyes right now. My chicks are still too young to lay eggs but by next Easter I will have all the eggs I need.

Holly A. Smith March 29th, 2012

Thanks for all the info. I can’t wait to try the natural dyes.

Debbie March 29th, 2012

I have had “Easter eggers” for years and my entire family loves the pink, blue and green eggs we have. :) Last year we got a few bantam girls and now we have some miniature green eggs too!

Traci March 29th, 2012

I think my kids would complain if we colored eggs any way but the “normal” way. Thanks for the read.

jess s March 29th, 2012

We love the natural dyes mentioned in this blog post, but I think this year we will just let the hens do the work and save our energy for eating easter candy.

krystal March 29th, 2012

We love to make designs in melted beeswax then dip. Design, dip, repeat. You end up with beautiful layered color!

Cheryl March 29th, 2012

All of my hens are bantams and mostly serama so the eggs are very tiny. They will be so cute dyed for easter and the grandkids will love them.

RLRMOM March 29th, 2012

I love the natural egg colors. I have Marans and Ameraucanas. It is also a lot of fun to have some dyed eggs, too.
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Janet March 29th, 2012

I now have 31 hens in 10 different breeds so I have an Easter egg hunt every evening! With 8 Easter Eggers, I get shades of green, blue, gold, and pink and I also get white, beige, copper and even a lilac shade! Thank for sharing the ‘natural’ dying tips!

Susan Miller March 29th, 2012

I always blow the eggs that I decorate and boil the eggs for the grandkids to decorate. I still have some of the first blown eggs I did in 1974! I usually use yarn and emboidery floss and lace over the dying. This year I have some extra jumbo brown eggs that one of my hens has been laying. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! And that ceramic egg holder would be just the thing to display them in.

Pamela Seitz March 29th, 2012

I really enjoyed reading your post this morning. As a young girl, my mother taught me how to color eggs. Every year we would line up coffee cups and fill them with food coloring. As I had my children I taught them and now my daughter dyes eggs every year for Easter. We still use the food coloring with vinegar, but have also tried some of the kits you mentioned. I am just getting started, but hope to have chickers someday that lay the beautifully, natural colored eggs.
Thanks for sharing :D

Jen Morgan March 29th, 2012

This was timely. All my chickens lay brown eggs. I love the first picture.

Kristen Cherevko March 29th, 2012

I like the natural ones the best for decoration, but for the kiddos, I like the food dyed eggs..brighter and more appealing for children. My hens lay brown eggs, but I think I will buy some white. I think those work best for coloring. Happy Easter and God Bless!!!!!

jen mead March 29th, 2012

Love the blog-hoping I’ll have enough fresh eggs that i won’t need to buy eggs for dyeing this year! At Christmas I ate a lot of scrambled eggs to get blown out eggs for decorating then!

Barbara Oconnor March 29th, 2012

Thanks so much for this blog on egg dying. I love reading all about chickens and eggs and am learning so much. My chickens are only 2 weeks old right now so I will have to use the “store bought” eggs this year. Watch out next year though when my girls should all be laying. I can’t wait to dye the brown eggs to achieve those luscious, rich colors you describe. Using the natural dyes will be wonderful, can’t wait to try blueberries and beets! I love all the suggestions that everyone has shared. Thanks and keep ‘em coming!!!!

Holly March 29th, 2012

I LOVE coloring Easter eggs even though my kids are too old!!! :) Thanks for the great ideas!!!!

Sheila Bourque March 29th, 2012

Awesome information..great ideas..Love to decorate eggs with all my grand children. Would love to win, but if not was great to get all the info anyway. Just love MY PET CHICKEN!!!!

u. eipert March 29th, 2012

farmraised chicken eggs is the way to go and color them with natural dyes for easter that is quite a treat , not just for the eye.
love your blog

Natalie Bishop March 29th, 2012

My favorite way to dye eggs is to use the old school egg dying kits from when I was a little girl.

I’ve collected eggs since I was a little girl – ceramic, wood, decorated, paper mache, enamel, you name it – I’ll collect it if its an egg.

This year I am saving a collection of different colored eggs and cotton bowls ( we plant a few rows of cotton in our garden each year) and discarded feathers to create a unique wreath to go over the mantel at Christmas – I want to create something that reflects us and the way we live.

Julie S March 29th, 2012

This year I will be trying the Easter egger method.

Jennifer March 29th, 2012

Growing up my mom had chickens and the farm fresh eggs were easier to color than the store bought eggs I use now. I am really looking forward to living in a place where I can raise chickens.

karenleigh March 29th, 2012

Love this post! Can’t wait to dye my hens’ brown eggs this year!

Jennifer Higgins Foster March 29th, 2012

I have always been a fan of raising hens for eggs since that has always been a part of how I grew up. Some of my best memories of my grandparents were going for eggs each morning. There was always one hen that just had to lay in the pen instead of the hen house, and there was always Mr. Rooster just waiting on me (since I was the only one to fit). Easter eggs are another memory I shared with my grandparents. I always enjoyed coloring the brown eggs better than the white. Patience is the key (which my children don’t quite get yet) to having the prettiest Easter eggs. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

JamieK March 29th, 2012

I may be the only one here who does not already own their own hens. It is a pipeline dream of mine but I’ve having a great time with all of the planning and education before I get started!! Am loving your blog and the website!

Amber Siratt March 29th, 2012

Had never thought about dyeing brown eggs! Will definitely remember this for next year since our hens have not started laying yet. Love the different techniques to achieve the beautiful colors! We have been blowing eggs over the last week in preparation to decorate to sell at my daughter’s 4-H poultry group fundraiser. Blowing eggs was a new experience. New to all of this! So much to learn.

Lanna Jones March 29th, 2012

I recently saw a post about how to make embroidered egg shells. Yes, embroidered! They look incredible! I might try it sometime when I’m feeling intrepid!

Karen Clement March 29th, 2012

I love the idea of the natural dyes! I will try some this easter!

Cindy Irene March 29th, 2012

I really would like to paint my eggs this year. :) But we normally just buy the coloring at the stores.

Mary R March 29th, 2012

I love articles like this because they are so relevant. My chickens will be a year old this Easter 2012 and I can’t wait to put some of the ideas to practice as I have all brown egg layers. I just got 4 Ameracauna pullets yesterday so I too can have my blue and variations thereof ready made dyed eggs. Keep the great and most relevant like this articles coming!! Enjoy them very much.

Christie Albertin March 29th, 2012

My kids had contests on who had the coolest color from dyeing a non-white egg. At the church and family Easter egg hunt, they all knew that those odd-colored eggs were from the Albertins, and they would check in with my kids with, “Hey, I got one of yours,” ” I know this has to be yours,” Thanks for this freaking colored egg.” They especially liked those specked ones and never could figure out how we got them that way. Now that my kids are up and gone, I have my mixed flock producing all the colors I can imagine every day of the year.

Angela March 29th, 2012

I wonder if you use a light red or pink dye on a blue egg if it will end up purple

Erin March 29th, 2012

So beautiful! Can’t wait to try the natural dyes this year!

Sparkle Huston March 29th, 2012

The colors are very bright yet soft. I love learning different ways to color eggs. I’ve tried onion skins, but you have some different ones I can’t wait to try. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie March 29th, 2012

What a great informative article. I plan on sharing it.

Chris Young-Pour March 29th, 2012

This is my first year with having my own chicken eggs for Easter, and I am so excited to try different methods of coloring. This article was so informative and FUN! Thank you for letting me enter your contest…my fingers are crossed and so are all my chicken’s toes!! :-)

Shawn Brabham March 29th, 2012

Wow! I would have never considered any of those things as dyes! There are several I’m definitely trying this year. I’ve also passed this along to a friend who has a 2yr old. I’ll give her some of my naturally-colored eggs first, though ;-)

Jenny Wagner March 29th, 2012

Dying eggs when Easter comes around is one of my best memories of childhood. I can’t wait to share that same experience with my son, now that he has turned 2! :)

Judy Moser March 29th, 2012

Have ordered Easter Eggers for spring. Can’t wait for next year and no need to dye eggs in the classroom.

Shelly March 29th, 2012

I have been studying up on “natural” food coloring. Can’t wait to try it!:)

Terri March 29th, 2012

I love the “old” look of the natural dyes but it will be hard to crack the egg because I will want to keep them looking pretty. I have a really old chicken egg basket handed down to me that the eggs would look great in.
Do you know if I dye the eggs raw and then blow them out will they keep thier color or even take the color in the first place

Makenna March 29th, 2012

I like natural the best! Looks like my girls are doing all the dyeing this easter!

Sheila Chapman March 29th, 2012

I remember , years ago living in a town in the UK where they had easter egg races, rolling eggs downhill . So my favorite aunt would help us “Dress” our eggs, for days we would colour our eggs from her hens with boiled onion skins and beets from her garden ,then decorate them (I remember being particulary jealous of a squaw my sister made , complete with a feather from aunties hens) . We would then take them into town to roll them down hill….. dont ever remember winning but do remember eating eggs afterward . I myself went on to keep chickens and have even done the egg rolling with my own grown children and I must say it was fun . My sister in law at 55 got her first batch of hens 3 weeks ago and I send her your posts …. would love a ceramic egg holder . Thankyou

Sharon March 29th, 2012

I love the natural colors of the eggs. My family won’t let me raise chickens. This makes me sad but I am loving all the information and comments.

Cindy Duppong March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the great ideas on dyeing brown eggs. I’ve got lots and was dreading the thought of buying white ones at the store. Now I don’t have to.

Abby March 29th, 2012

Because I have 4 year old twins… I don’t think I’ll do the natural dying this year! However, I adore the brown egg idea and will definitely use them! My 9 year old likes taking charge of this project – he’ll get a kick out of the new colors! Alas, our pulleys won’t be laying by Easter. :(

Michael March 29th, 2012

When I was a child, my Grandmother used to dye eggs by use of natural means… i.e. onion skins, berries, spices, used coffee grounds, etc… …
I must admit, as a child growing in here in West Virginia… I always liked the Old Gold color that my Grandmother obtained using Onion Skins…
Coloring Eggs was not only reserved for Easter in my area, but also, done in our lunches that we took with us to school… Many of us kids (at that era) used to have hard boiled eggs in our with our lunches… My Grandmother used to take time to dye some, use Wax and draw a design, write words, etc.. upon the eggs prior to dying them, so that a message would appear afterwards…
~Michael of West Virginia

Beth March 29th, 2012

This is great to know! I had been saving out all my white eggs to take to our Preschool Center for the children to decorate. Now I can just take them all my extras and they will have beautiful results. . . and my fridge will get cleared out of eggs.

Melissa C. March 29th, 2012

So so pretty! I had planned to use kool-aid to dye our easter eggs this year (sadly not from our own hens, as they are only a few weeks old currently), but I may have to try my had at a few natural dyes too. They are just so beautiful.

I also though I’d mention I used the Alton Brown “boiled” egg method. You simple place the eggs on your oven rack at a medium heigh and back for 30 minutes in a pre-heated 325 degree oven. Remove and place directly into an ice bath and you’ll have the most perfect “boiled” eggs ever! The yolks (formerly my least favorite part) are so creamy!

Elle March 29th, 2012

The eggs above are all so lovely! To answer the question, while we don’t celebrate Easter, we do enjoy egg decorating as folk art. A relative took a class in pisanki, Polish egg decorating, through a folk art school, and we enjoy both adult (traditional wax) and child (wax crayon) forms of egg decoration prior to egg dye. As I am also a knitter, spinner, and amateur fiber dyer, I will often see this as an opportunity to dye as much as I can, and we use a mix of – well, everything! We use Kool-Aid (with varying results), commercial dye, and natural dyes, and I tend to stock up on clearance dye packages after the Easter season, just to dye throughout the year. There’s too much beauty there to limit it just to one short period. :)

Thank you!

raina March 29th, 2012

Love this prize!

For coloring Easter eggs, we use the huge white eggs our Pekin duck lays. The kids get a kick out of coloring such a big egg.

kandi mardis March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to dye eggs!! I like to use our white bantam eggs, but after reading this article, I will definitely use some large brown ones as well! I might even dye a turkey egg or a guinea egg. :-)

Becky March 29th, 2012

I love the natural dyed eggs! We plan to dye our pretty brown eggs in a few different ways this year. We will use the traditional food color (my kids are small and impatient) and also a nifty crafty trick of wrapping them in pieces of old silk ties before boiling. Should be fun!

kandi mardis March 29th, 2012

I also have green eggers, I will have to experiment with those. Love the pics by the way!

Marie Husnick March 29th, 2012

This is my first year raising chickens and can’t wait for them to start laying but as they are only 2 weeks old, I won’t be able to color any fresh this Easter. I cam’t wait for next year. I love to crack the shells after they are boiled because you get “eggstremely” colorful eggs once they are peeled.

Michelle Benge March 29th, 2012

Sad, I won’t have eggs til this fall. My girls aren’t old enough for eggs yet, but it will be awesome next year with my brown eggs!

Prajna Faux March 29th, 2012

Oh WOW! I can’t wait to try this with my kids! I have five kiddos who have enjoyed learning about chickens and eggs since we got 8 chicks last spring. We’re homeschoolers, so every experience is naturally turned into an opportunity to learn. All of our hens are brown egg layers, but each one lays a slightly different shade ranging from cream with speckles to suntan to chocolate brown. I think it would be neat to put one of each in the same color natural dye and see how the original egg color affects the outcome. Maybe put a number on each egg, but see if we can guess who’s egg is who’s without looking? Or we could also try dying some eggs straight from the chicken and some that are washed to observe the effect of the “bloom” and how it protects the egg. It’s hard to explain the “bloom” to kids since they can’t see it.

I love how having chickens has broadened our learning (and loving) opportunities. But I’m still trying to figure out how to make “chicken math” an acceptable subject on their school transcripts!

Promise March 29th, 2012

I like to boil the eggs in the natural ingredients, like onion peels, because it gives them a fun pattern on the outside! On a side note: I didn’t realize you guys had a blog! This is really cool. And I’m going to have to waste the day away reading the rest of it.

Heather O'Keefe March 29th, 2012

Makes me wish my little darlings were older. Good thing is, there’s always next year though for it. My sons may be all grown up now, but I still enjoy dying eggs even if there’s no need to hide them anymore. At least that is, till my sons give me grandchildren to spoil, which I’m in no rush for them to do. LOL!

Jamie Francisco March 29th, 2012

I love to color the eggs from our chickens. The colors are so much prettier than from the store bought ones. I just use food coloring and lemon juice. But I really would like to try the natural way.

This year for the first time we had white eggs – from our ducks and I used natural ingredients to dye them – I loved the yellow from turmeric, blue from fresh blueberries and purple from red wine.

I would love to win the egg holder and loved this blog post. I will try dying some of our brown eggs next week for Easter – I never even thought about doing that.

Shalet March 29th, 2012

All the eggs are gorgeous! Last year we dyed our brown eggs with food coloring and vinegar. This year I’m going to try to dye my brown eggs with silk. I’m actually quite excited to try it!

Sidney March 29th, 2012

I adore my chickens. We love all of the colorful eggs they lay!

Jamie March 29th, 2012

I love the ideas about natural dyes, and the photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Laura March 29th, 2012

Great Blog!!! I don’t know why I never thought to dye our brown eggs. We have had chickens for three years and every Easter I would drive to the store for a carton or two of white eggs to dye. HA! Not this year…I can’t wait to see what colors we come up with. Thank you so much for the information.

Deb March 29th, 2012

Thanks for a fun article!! My five year old and I will be dyeing Serama eggs this year!! What an adventure! I’d like to see more indepth instructions about natural dyes. Have a great day!!

Natasha Wiseman March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to try this with my daughter! We are both excited!

Sara Prideaux March 29th, 2012

Well, I have been blowing out my blue eggs and decorating them with snowflakes to hand around my wedding hall :D

Michelle March 29th, 2012

My parents have kept chickens for about 6 years and up until 2 years ago had always bought white eggs for my kids to dye when we came to visit. That year they didn’t have time to pick up white eggs at the store and just used their brown and green eggs. We were all awestruck by the cool colors! My kids love the colors so much, they never want to go back to dying white eggs. My mom would love to display her grandkids’ works of art in a nice egg rack and I would love to be the one to give it to her.

Yolanda March 29th, 2012

I always bought the egg coloring kits and white eggs. But this year I have hens that lay easter eggs everyday! No need for the kits anymore!

Amy Huang March 29th, 2012

We like buying the easy dying packs for our little ones to use.

Christy Byron March 29th, 2012

I’m anxiously awaiting my first egg from my girls! I got my 4 from MPC and have 10 more girls and a roo on order for July!!!! Can’t wait!

Melissa March 29th, 2012

I love the idea of natural ingredients to dye eggs. We just moved to the country from the big city so before I also would buy eggs from the store along with a handy little dye kit and call it good. My oldest is only 3 to this year we tried the tie dyed eggs which was a little advanced for her. We ended up using food coloring and letting her dunk them. We ended up with two dozen blue and green eggs and a few other colors thrown in that the adults did. It was super cute and she ended up dyed herself. Next year we are looking forward to not having to buy our eggs but rather collecting them from the coops. Im also going to hit pintrest for natural dye recipes because it seems silly to use organic feed and bedding then turn around and cover it in non organic dyes. Thanks for the ideas

Laura March 29th, 2012

Don’t know why I didn’t think I could dye my browns. Can’t wait to try now. Happy I ran across this!

Tanya Williams March 29th, 2012

This is our first year with our own eggs. My son can’t stop talking about coloring the brown eggs. I am so thankful for this article and will definately put it to use. By the way, the colored eggs are beautiful!!!

Mary allen March 29th, 2012

I love the pictures of the eggs! They are beautiful! I like the natural ones better! But, my kids would probably like the others. We may have to try a couple different ways! Thanks!!

L Fleming March 29th, 2012

I’d love to see what the blue and green eggs look like when dyed. I still think the Easter Eggers’ eggs are my fav.

Christine Tincher March 29th, 2012

I grew up using food coloring to color eggs and I’ve always prefered that way. We used to use crayons and dip our eggs different ways into different colors to make layers and mixes of color.

shannelle mooney March 29th, 2012

I really want to try dying my farm eggs with natural dyes that would be very cool.

Dana March 29th, 2012

Egg dying never seems to go well for us. The color never turn out. This year, we are going to try coloring the still hot eggs with crayons. It seems like it’ll be good with the (still quite young) kids and that the colors will show on the brown eggs.

Aaron Townsley March 29th, 2012

Looks like Paas this year. First year my baby daughter will get to dye eggs! Very excited.

Julie March 29th, 2012

Gee whiz! You got me! I already purchased my white eggs, but for the last time ! Great info, & please note the Paas colors are super cheap right after Easter and can easily be kept in the kitchen or a filing cabinet , particularly after removing the excess packaging!

Geanie Litzman March 29th, 2012

I never even considered dying eggs naturally! I’m so glad that I found this information.

Susan March 29th, 2012

My flock of 25 is laying lots of brown eggs, though they vary from light pink to dark brown. As a former cake decorator, I have a lot of powder and paste cake colors left and they are great for dying brown eggs. I usually dissolve them in a little warm water first then fill the container. It’s great for letting kids experiment with mixing their own colors. I plan to try some natural dyes this year as well as the “zombie” eggs. Love this site and blog! Happy Easter!

Amy Ordonez March 29th, 2012

That blue speckled egg is so pretty. Can’t wait for my chicks to arrive, we are putting the finishing touches on the coop!

kate glaze March 29th, 2012

So funny because i was just talking to my mom about dyeing eggs and i didn’t think our would color well since they are brown. I am so excited that we will be able to use our own eggs to color this weekend

thank you!!

Delynn March 29th, 2012

We love to color eggs by decorating with crayon and then dipping in dye. My kids LOVE dying eggs and this year will be able to do plenty volunteering at the local fire station in prep for their annual Easter breakfast. :)

Molli Allen March 29th, 2012

I can not wait to dye our own eggs this year! The girls didn’t start laying until November, so this will be FUN!

Ashley Bowers March 29th, 2012

Very excited to dye my brown eggs this year! We have blue eggs too, so we will be dying the brown ones other colors (or maybe turquoise?).

judy fleming March 29th, 2012

Now I will be ready with beautiful Easter Eggs. thanks for the tips.

Kristi March 29th, 2012

I’ve colored eggs all three of the ways mentioned, and I’ve got to say, I don’t know which method I’ll use this year. They all turn out so pretty!

Sonia March 29th, 2012

I am really excited about dying eggs. Thank you for the great information. I am soon going to venture to have chickens of my own. I want to be a responsible owner so I am doing lots of research and have been the past few years. I would love the egg holder. My in-laws have chickens and I get eggs from them often.

Rebecca March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to dye eggs laid by my girls!!! They are only 8 weeks old so it’ll have to wait until next year but I love the natural dyes! I would love to win the egg holder! Only a few more months and I can use it!

Erin Eusted March 29th, 2012

I was going to buy white eggs and try a method using RIT dye, but I think we’ll have to experiment with our girls’ brown eggs, too!

Dennis Creel March 29th, 2012

I get a dozen eggs a day and every one is a different color. When you work at a feed store and hate to see one or two chicks left over you buy them and end up with a flock that will range from solid white to pitch black and every color in between.

CherylF March 29th, 2012

I love the info on the natural coloring and am going to try this with the grand kids.
I go the the grocery a few times a week and but clearnace berries or melons for my girls and Inotice the eggs are brighter and have more spots after a treat. esp. pomegranate or blueberries.

Becky Jo Gray March 29th, 2012

This is our first year to color brown eggs, so I was sooooo excited to read this article! Just got 6 easter egger chicks and 5 wellsummers, so next years egg basket will be quite colorful on ots own. Thanks you very much for such an inspiring piece. Truly made my day!

HollyFromHomer March 29th, 2012

My favorite way to fancy up some eggs? Bake a beautiful quiche! It’s one meal I don’t need a recipe for! I like to use whatever cheeses and veggies available – but the eggs are always the stars!

Eggnata March 29th, 2012

I have never died eggs before but am looking forward to it when I have children.

jennifer villarreal March 29th, 2012

One of the funnest and sometimes messiest times of the year! Dyeing eggs with five sibling was crazy but it lead to cool designs. Whether it was half dunked eggs, several color baths or putting stickers on our eggs the whole process was great! Sometimes creativity came out and instead of dye we used PAINT. Or a mixture of dye and splattering painting to give a speckled look. So many ideas and so many memories. I always liked the dyeing the egg first, letting it dry, and then painting on another design. This Easter I want to get really crafty and glue pieces of felt and wiggly eyes to make my egg look like a chicken and place them out in the yard! Fun picture time!!

Kelly Bueker March 29th, 2012

Cool ideas for coloring with natural colors! I sometimes just put out all the different colors my girls lay too. Pretty browns, pinks, blue and greens! I would love to win a cute egg holder! Thanks!

Maria March 29th, 2012

We did some ‘dying’ with silk last year and loved the results. http://dirtundermynails.com/2011/03/25/silk-eggs/

Someday, I may get the nerve up to try Pysanky egg coloring!

melvin March 29th, 2012

love my pet chickens have way too many but redely look forwards to hatching more

Valerie March 29th, 2012

I don’t know of a favorite way to turn eggs into art, but I sure would like to win an egg holder. :-)

Donna Stone March 29th, 2012

I love brown eggs and really learned a lot reading this blog. Love the part about the natural dyes, I’m going to give this a try this year. Thank you,-D

Susan March 29th, 2012

Your eggs are beautiful. I didn’t realize you could dye brown eggs. I can’t wait to do it.

Kerri DeRenzo March 29th, 2012

I am going to try using Kool Aide to dye my eggs this year. Our chicks are still young, so next year I will be dying my own! Thanks for the tips on washing the grocery store eggs as well as our fresh eggs prior to dying them!

Pamela Giles March 29th, 2012

This was the most interesting article! We haven’t gotten our chickens yet, hopefully we will next month, fingers crossed! I can’t wait to get them. I think I have read everything I can about eggs and chickens and am so excited. When I was little, my parents had chickens and couldn’t get me to eat the eggs to save their lives. I would only eat “store bought” eggs! Now I can’t wait for my own fresh eggs laid by my own chickens! Thanks so much for all the information and help. Next year I’m going to have the prettiest Easter eggs in MS, thanks to you!

Sarah Franklin March 29th, 2012

I am really excited to dye some of my brown eggs. I am also very excited to our Easter Egger chicks to start laying this summer. I am looking forward to seeing what color eggs they lay.

Jaci Kroupa March 29th, 2012

I am club manager of Fancy Feathers 4-H Club (in Texas) and we are doing a community Chickens 101 class at the end of April…..one member is presenting a lesson on eggs and dyeing them will be fun! The ceramic egg holder would make a great display at our class!

Terri Hamlett March 29th, 2012

We have been coloring our own farm eggs for years. We use blue and the various shades of brown.
Everybody loves them but my Grandson the most because he can make “cammo” looking eggs without any kits at the store. LOL

Catherine Atchison March 29th, 2012

Beautiful eggs. My kids will love them.

Maysie Walters March 29th, 2012

I have always loved using the girls’ naturally colored eggs. This year though I will actually have to color some myself. I think I will use the natural colorings such as coffee and red cabbage as I have a lot that stuff around.

Lauren March 29th, 2012

Our usual tradition is dying white and brown eggs in good old Paas — often trying to achieve the beautiful natural blues and greens of Easter eggers. I have always wanted to try the natural egg dyes you make yourself, but have never been a good enough planner. This year I’m thrilled with the bouquet of beautiful eggs our chickens are creating. What a gift for a last-minute egg dyer — no work at all!

Dana March 29th, 2012

Excellent article and amazing pics! You have inspired me to finally use some natural dyes. Iv’e been saving all the white and of course green eggs from my chickens thinking brown would not work! Now I can’t wait to use the brown ones too! I totally shared the link to this on my blog. :)

Billie March 29th, 2012

I love dying eggs, it makes me feel like a kid again. I get all excited and I drag my husband around the stores and pick out about four or five different ‘kits’. It’s so much fun!

Teri March 29th, 2012

We have 8 children and so we love to use the PAAS regular old coloring kits and then whenthey are dry we sit down as a family with markers and let everyone design their own eggs. What is really fun is on Easter when we do our egg hunt they all sit down to see who got what eggs. They like to say to one another “I made that one, hey that one.” It is so much fun to watch them, however, I think we just enjoy the time together as a family as we decorate our eggs.

Ashley March 29th, 2012

I love this idea of brown egg dying!!! Most of my layers are RIRs so Ill be sure to have alot of fun this easter. To get in the eastery/ springy mood I will also hand paint the eggs with various designs, mostly flowers, etc. I will blow out the egg first and run a ribon through it so it can hang. Acrylic paint is the best to use for this if anyone is looking for a fun craft or something diferent.

My grandmother used to have 2 “painted” eggs that she bought on a vacation. Unfortunately when she moved they both broke so I started hand-painting the eggs ( I didnt tell her yet) so I can make her a new one just in time for easter ;), it will also be frm her favorite chicken, Eggnus (which she named herself)

Much love and Happy easter everyone!

Stacey Butcher March 29th, 2012

I use store bought eggs since my girls lay brown eggs! I love to let my kids use stickers and crayons to decorate the eggs. We also do the colored eggs! ;o)

Katie March 29th, 2012

We’ve never dyed our chickens eggs before but this year when the kids asked I told them we were going to give it a shot. It seems crazy to buy eggs from the store when we have our own right in the back yard!

Judi March 29th, 2012

This will be my first Easter with my own eggs. I have just 2 easter eggers(Penny and Emma) in my small backyard flock. They lay beautiful green eggs for me everyday. I usually color my white eggs with my daughter every year using a kit. I think I’ll still use a kit this year but throw out the green dye and let those eggs stand proud and go O-natur-al this year. I love my girls, what wonderful personalities they all have daughter included. I wouldn’t trade them in for anything in the world.

Richelle Koop March 29th, 2012

The breed of hens that I have lay all sorts of different colored eggs. Growing up, we always colored white eggs, that we got from my grandparents. I think this year, I’ll mix it up a little and have some fun trying to dye my colored eggs as an experiment. Also, at Easter, it might be fun to display what naturally colored eggs I have.

Jessica Anne March 29th, 2012

We’ve always used the Peas dyes, but this year I want to try the natural dyes, if my kids can wait. I also use glitter glue and stickers for easy ways for the kids to decorate without turning their hands colors.

Christine Cannon March 29th, 2012

What great information. Coloring our backyard eggs is always a special treat.

Sharon Roberts March 29th, 2012

I value my girls eggs so much…we still hide plastic eggs…not wanting to waste any. We don’t have to dye them as we have so many different colors, shapes and sizes, plus quail eggs.

Corie Umbaugh March 29th, 2012

I love painting designs on then with nail polish! Easiest way to get intricate detail :)

Katie fife March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the excellent article!! For the two years that we had lovely brown eggs.. I bought white ones for dyeing! Next year , when I’ll have hens again, I am going to give this a try. !

Karen March 29th, 2012

I have 3 chickens and each lays a different colored egg, so I know who’s busy and a who isn’t. It’s like Easter every day, esp when they decide to hide them for me!

Tammy March 29th, 2012

Growing up we always had the tradition of making one of our eggs polka dot. We would get a crayon and make the dots and then put the egg in a blue dye. It was always a favorite at church and always someone asking how it was done. Love the white polka dots on blue! I can’t wait for my hens to start laying so I can try some of these natural ways too!

Susan Rohrer March 29th, 2012

I am going to share the natural dyeing with my daughter and grandchildren. This sounds much better than the store bought dyes. Can’t wait until next Easter when we have our chickens and will use the different colored eggs they will lay. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas.

Laura A March 29th, 2012

I had some hard-boiled eggs cooling in the sink the other day and accidentally splashed coffee on them. I told my daughter that would be a great way to color her hen’s eggs for Easter! I think we will have to try natural dyes for all our eggs this year!

Margaret Coyle March 29th, 2012

Great Blog ~ I just attempted to blow out my eggs using the Blas=Fix kit and that worked out well. I am now trying to glitter the eggs for an Easter Dinner centerpiece… wish me luck.

Naomi Rafferty March 29th, 2012

I didnt know you could dye brown eggs either so this information is really good to know. The Eggs are beautiful. I get my first chicks ever From MyPetChicken in May and am so excited… I know it will be awhile before they lay eggs,but thats ok as I will enjoy them growing into egg layers :-)
This year I will dying my eggs the natural way with the flowers and herbs. Thank you so much for the info.

Sue March 29th, 2012

I am going to try all three methods this year…fresh colors from my girls, natural from fruits and veggies and dye from the paas packets…lol…can’t wait to get started! Thanks for the natural ideas with fruits and veggies!

christal bassett March 29th, 2012

I love coloring brown eggs. I did it for the first time last Easter using one of the supermarket kits. The eggs come out in lovely rich jewel tones rather than neon bright tones. The colors have a lovely depth to them. this year I will do a combination of white and brown from my backyard chickens and will also try some natural dyes.

Nancy March 29th, 2012

This will be my first year coloring eggs from our own hens and I can’t wait!

Dawn Lange March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the tips!! I am bookmarking this page :)

Melissa March 29th, 2012

We still dye eggs every Easter, and my kids are 25 and 19 :) This will be the first year we’ve had our ‘own’ eggs to dye though. We have two mixed bantams, the eggs are small but we can tell them apart. Mama’s egg is slightly larger and paler than Miss Mohawk’s, but both are very pale, not brown but not quite white.

We have 6 ‘Production Reds’ we got in Feb so they aren’t laying yet but next year we’ll have some super nice brown eggs :) The colors of the eggs in this article ARE gorgeous!

Tracy Gilman March 29th, 2012

I have some Americaunas that lay green and light blue eggs, but I would love to try natural dyes, especially coffee to get some dark browns to mix with them!

Sandra Baur March 29th, 2012

I am new to keeping chickens. I am getting a brooder box ready this week and will order some chicks by the end of the month! As a kid I loved to color eggs! We used the Paas. With 6 of us kids, Mom liked quick and easy! As an adult I take a more “crafty” route. I will poke holes in both ends of the egg with a pin to drain the yolk and white. Let soak in bleach water over night then dry it. I use oil paints to make pretty designs and pictures on them. Sometimes I like to mimick faberge and use glitter or rhinestones with super glue!

Eileen Theresa Lindsey March 29th, 2012

Thanks,for the info.I never thought about dyi ing my brown eggs iam going to try the natural way this easter it souds like fun and you can experiment with different food items you have around the house already! :)

Stephanie March 29th, 2012

Love coloring brown eggs. Plus we love coloring duck eggs because they are much larger than a chicken egg. Loved the idea of natural coloring (blueberries, beet juice, etc.) Will have to try it.

Charlcie Fowler March 29th, 2012

Great blog article! :-)

This really brought back memories. Now that I’m living near my grandchildren I have the opportunity to make memories with them. Lots of great tips. (I do also have “Easter Eggers”, but coloring eggs is a fun activity truly worth the effort!

Charlcie

Danielle March 29th, 2012

…and I had planned on buying white eggs at the store to dye some eggs for Easter!

Julie March 29th, 2012

I always found coffee to be the coolest coloring option for eggs, add some rubber bands or string around it prior to the coffee and you’ll have a very neat egg design with such a rich color! :)

ryan whelpley March 29th, 2012

I like to let the kids in my community decorate my Easter egger eggs and brown eggs with crayons and whoever makes the best egg wins six eggs (pre-deviled) for Easter dinner. Its a fun time for sure.

Angela March 29th, 2012

We are getting so many eggs from our chickens this spring I can hardly keep up! I will be using the tips from your blog to color eggs with my own children and the preschoolers who attend my home based preschool…thank you!

Marianne March 29th, 2012

This is our first year for having our BYChicks and this post has me super excited about Easter and all the possibilities for colored Eggies!!! I love the natural browns and blue-greens, so I’ll leave some natural, but the baskets will definitely look like a works of art once all the hidden eggs are collected. Who will want to eat them?!?

Our “First” eggs have a special place on our Easter Tree, blown out, decorated with a hanging ribbon and the Chickens’ names engraved and dated w/calligraphy.

Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

Bob March 29th, 2012

have always done the same, eat brown, color white. Seems there’s no need. Will try coloring the brown ones this year.

great article.

beverly musgrave March 29th, 2012

thanks for the great info, we have never colored brown eggs before, but I think we might try it this year. We use the traditional store bought dyes, just so much easier with my little ones helping!

Susan Brown March 29th, 2012

Enjoy reading your posts about the chcckens. You have given very useful and fun information.

Diane N. March 29th, 2012

A friend uses our eggs (from Buffs, Barred Rocks, and Easter eggers) by blowing out the shells and decorating them. She uses store-bought eggs as well, and our backyard hens lay more interesting eggs! I’ve not tried it myself, but I always store our eggs in clear egg cartons. Every time I open the fridge, I see their beautiful colors. We also keep the empty eggshells in a gravy boat on a kitchen shelf before I feed them to the hens – it’s decorative as far as I’m concerned!

Hannah Crum March 29th, 2012

Great post! I hadn’t thought of dyeing the brown eggs. You can also use Kombucha as a fixative with the natural dyes.

Jana Seiders March 29th, 2012

Love this article! My girls lay the prettiest shades of brown but I am going to try some natural dyes.

Sarah Lynn March 29th, 2012

I think this year we are going to try the using the natural approach with food products to dye our eggs.:) One thing we do every year with our eggs is use a white crayon to draw designs on the eggs before we color them. The kids always get so creative with their designs. I think my husband and I get more excited about coloring eggs than the kids! :)

Deni March 29th, 2012

Many years ago my children colored the brown eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide. The colors were fabulous on the eggs. We are looking forward to when our hens lay eggs to color now that we have our own chickens.

Jennifer March 29th, 2012

Our chickens lay brown eggs, and I agree that they look so much prettier than the white ones when dyed. I like watching my kids’ preferences as they each choose how to dye theirs.

Dawn March 29th, 2012

Love your natural dyes! This year we are letting our girls color the eggs; we have blue, green, pink, and very dark brown maran eggs.

Stephanie March 29th, 2012

I loved to color eggs when I was younger and cannot wait to use these ideas to color some eggs with my niece for Easter this year!

Wendy Simpson March 29th, 2012

My favorite die technique is using my grandfather’s old paisley ties and staining the eggs in beautiful patterns.

Mandi Miller March 29th, 2012

Thank you for the inspiration with the natural dyes :) I will be trying this out for my niece and nephew :)
Blessings

Leslie Burton March 29th, 2012

I love the colors of the eggs my hens lay. I get a really pretty blue, green and brown. Love this article too! Thanks!

Ellarel March 29th, 2012

I will be doing some research on how to properly make my very own homemade dye baths. I am very excited to color our own brown eggs this year with my two boys. HOW FUN!

Kim Nikodym March 29th, 2012

We have some white egg layers for Easter, but only a few so I am glad that we can dye the other eggs as well. I am also glad to know about the bloom – the dye colors didnt ‘take’ as well last year as I would have hoped – and this is probably why.
My favorite way to dye the eggs is to take a mix of dried onion skins (stores think I am crazy for walking away with a bag of dried onion skins!), put them into a small cloth, then wrap the cloth tightly around the egg – securing with a rubber band or string on the top. I then boil the egg/onion skin/cloth packages in a water/vinager solution. The close contact with the different skins give the eggs a beautiful mottled and varigated color!

Cindy Haley March 29th, 2012

Love this blog! I am new to chicken keeping, my chickys I ordered from mypetchicken are only 10 days old….and I am having a blast with them. I am building a henhouse from so old barnwood salvaged from my daddy’s property, IT is all fun!! Cant wait to have my own eggs…til then I will have to settle for buying my eggs from a neighbor down the road…looking forward to dyeing some brown eggs that I get from her, then next year, doing the ones my own girls have provided me!!

Leslie March 29th, 2012

This was the nicest, most comprehensive blog on egg coloring that I have read in a while. Thank you!

Jennifer Mika March 29th, 2012

The natural dyed eggs look fun!! My chickens lay all different colors too!! I love it because it makes it more interesting when you open the carton!! Thank you for all of the awesome information!! :)

Sandy Abell March 29th, 2012

Last year was my first year with my own eggs and we colored some and left some natural. This year we will probably be doing the same, although I have more colors in my egg basket, green & chocolate, we will also try coloring a few of them. Thanks for all the info, maybe we will try the natural dyes this year.

Nola Moss March 29th, 2012

Great blog! we like to use candle wax dribbled on the egg to make interesting patterns..polka dots..etc; the wax is easy to peel off after dying the eggs..of course the chickens, Rebba, Lucy,Shirley and Bernadette,( all named after famous redheads) approve!

Jackie March 29th, 2012

I’m already getting blue and green eggs from my easter-eggers along with pale brown ones from my australorps. Might have to try coloring some of the beige ones.

tess March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the awesome egg dying tips…the kids are looking forward to doing this in a few days.

Bobbi Buller March 29th, 2012

I think these are awesome! Looks like lots of different things to experiment with!!

Gean Canaday Vandehey March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the info on egg dye. I have never colored brown eggs be fore so I am anxious to try. Thanks

Jamie March 29th, 2012

We have one Easter egger right now that lays pale blue eggs. I love them! Our other 2 layers have brown eggs, and I was wondering how the dyed ones would turn out. Thank you for this post, very cool! My kids and I are looking forward to dyeing our Own eggs for the first time this year!!

Amelia Higgins March 29th, 2012

Those natural dyes look great! I’ve always bought the white eggs because I thought for some reason the brown ones my girls lay wouldn’t work. Woohoo- not this year! I love to color on the eggs with a wax crayon, and write secret messages to my daughter.

Nancy March 29th, 2012

Loved your article. I like blowing out the prettiest eggs and keeping them to decorate the table for years

Ardeth Abrams March 29th, 2012

My brown eggs actually remind me of the Easter eggs my grandmother used to make. The story was that during the depression, there were no colorful dyes availabe. So her mother would use brown onion skins to color the white eggs brown by boiling the skins and eggs together. They looked very pretty, just brown. The onion skins did not affect the taste of the eggs. Sometimes when I look at my naturally occuring brown eggs from my hens, I think about her Easter eggs. I do love the “rainbow” colored eggs in your story, much richer color than if they were white originally.

Nikki Ruggles March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the tip this is my first Easter with Chickens and Brown eggs :)

Deb March 29th, 2012

My chicks arrive next week, so I guess we won’t be dying our own eggs this year, but next year….

Sarah Snodgrass March 29th, 2012

I have never heard of these natural dye methods, but I think that the finished product is far prettier than using the conventional dyes. I will definitely be trying that this year. Too bad my first batch of baby chicks don’t arrive from mypetchicken.com until mid-April. I will have to buy my eggs again this year, but next Easter I hope to have eggs from my very own backyard hens.

Jackie March 29th, 2012

Getting blue and green eggs from my girls along with light beige. May have to try coloring the beige ones this year. Sounds like fun!

Miriam Cheng March 29th, 2012

So So excited to dye our own hens eggs this year. The kids are very excited too. Right now we got light brown and tinted bantam eggs as well as light brown and medium brown standard eggs to try to color! This article is a great resource for trying different natural dyes!

Angel March 29th, 2012

So excited you posted this. Everyone has been asking me “Can we dye the brown eggs?” and I have not know what to tell them. Now I know and it will be so exciting to do! We have 10 hens that lay light brown eggs so I’m sure we will have plenty to dye.Again thank you soooooo much for posting this.

Nikki March 29th, 2012

We love the natural color on the variety of eggs our hens lay but will be trying some of the natural coloring in addition this year.

Dan March 29th, 2012

I consider my brown eggs already colored nicely. Since we don’t have any young ones around anymore I guess we will stick with the brown but it is good to know that they can be colored. I printed this post to make sure I have a copy of it in my chicken book.

Julie March 29th, 2012

We ordered our four hens from MPC last spring. They are all laying now, and my daughters (2 & 4yrs old) collect at least 3 eggs a day. Even the little bantam, “Millie Moe” dutifully lays her egg many times a week. I have enjoyed our chickens, and most importantly, I have loved watching our children care for the hens. My four year old is especially protective and loving with them. She carries them and they squat for her to pick them up. We are very excited about coloring eggs this weekend. I have a dozen saved to dye — and we are going to try tumeric or curry, red cabbage, and onion peels, and coffee. Thank you for this informative article and the lovely photos. Our Barnvelder lays the most beautiful speckled eggs — and so big! Three cheers for backyard chickens!

Daniel Smith March 29th, 2012

I want to dye my eggs with beet Juice and red onion skin!\

I love the natural colored eggs my girls lay. My kids love to collect them .
My dog waits paitently by the chickenyard door for an egg. I give him the white ones about 3x per week he loves them shell and all. I save the colored ones for our table and for friends.

Denise March 29th, 2012

I’m gonna go color some now. I am totally motivated to give it a try to see how they come out. Thanks!

Mo's Mini Farm March 29th, 2012

While I love the bright colors of the first eggs and I prefer the “safety” of the natural dyes, my favorite is still the 3rd…let the chickens do it for you! My goal is to have a “rainbow basket” of eggs. We currently have chickens producing eggs in all shades of brown from dark chocolate to light to pink tones, dark & light olive green shades, blue, white, and soon green!

Lin K. March 29th, 2012

Can’t wait to try coloring those eggs!

Michelle March 29th, 2012

We have a mixture of hennies, including Easter Eggers, so we naturally get a pretty lovely mix of colors in our eggs.

We do like to decorate them though. My husband’s family is of Ukrainian heritage, and so we do the traditional “pysanka” method for decorating a select few eggs, and natural, homemade dyes for the rest.

Chris March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to use the natural dyes to color our chickens’ eggs this year!

Raemarie Sauerhoefer March 29th, 2012

Can’t wait to dye my eggs this weekend. I never realized you could dye brown eggs and can’t wait to get it done. Thanks for all your wonderful blogs. They are always so helpful.

Karen March 29th, 2012

This is the first year with my hens. I’m having so much fun raising them. Never thought chickens would make me laugh so hard. They really each have their own personality. Looking forward to dying the brown eggs with your suggestions. I also plan on using a glue wash to attach miniature pansies to the shell for Easter decorations, any small flower will due.

JC Wooten March 29th, 2012

I either use color dye that you can buy and use for other items. Or I use kool aid. I would love to have the egg rack to hold the future eggs that my new chick will be sure to have one day.

Audrey March 29th, 2012

THis year I set aside 2 dozzen eggs from my Easter Eggers. They are a beautiful shade of light blue. I thought that with the blue base the eggs would look even nicer than the traditional white eggs when colored. I may have to try some bown too after reading this article though..

Lisa March 29th, 2012

I love the natural shadings and speckles. These are the most beautiful Easter Eggs and lead back to the true (natural) meaning behind Easter!

Denise March 29th, 2012

Just ordered Easter Egger and Silver Cuckoo Marans chicks to add more color to our daily eggs! Great article!!!

Joyce Bettencourt March 29th, 2012

This is exciting! I hadn’t made the jump either to think that dying eggs could happen with darker/brown eggs. And love the idea of crafting your own homemade dyes to add more natural tones.

From the pictures, it makes the eggs look so earthy beautiful in color tones. Can’t wait!

Sheila Kerr March 29th, 2012

I give away a lot of my eggs to my friends who don’t have the opportunity to raise their own chickens. They are all in love with the different shades of brown (and one green egg) that I give them and refuse to put any color on them at Easter. And, I agree. Why fix something that isn’t broken?

Tracey Merchant March 29th, 2012

Such beautiful eggs! I really like the eggs colored by natural ways. I have a mulberry tree that has a lot of fruit on it that I am going to attempt to dye a few eggs with, they should be a nice shade of purple. My hens lay a pastel green egg and a RIR light brown egg, so it should be interesting. I will also try the cabbage, turmeric and onion skins. Sounds like fun! Thank you for another wonderful blog :)

Jaime March 29th, 2012

I have many different breeds of chickens and each day that I collect the eggs, its like easter, I have every color of egg some with spots, some green I don’t even have to color them but I do love the natural ways to color them :)

Robin March 29th, 2012

I like the idea of dying the eggs using natural dyes with teas and onion skins, etc. the subtle colors are really lovely.

My chickens are such a HUGE part of my life and having fun things to do with their beautiful eggs such as dying them is just one more thing that comes from my girls that makes me smile :-)

Christopher March 29th, 2012

Love the vibrant colors. Can’t wait.to dry.some of our.chickens yummy eggs. ;-)

Michelle Zindorf March 29th, 2012

I love the all nature colored eggs straight from the hens! Beautiful!

Lisa Palmer March 29th, 2012

I was beginning to panic about coloring eggs this year. It’s out first year with our own eggs and had no idea how to color the brown eggs. I too am a trouble maker and will be trying the natural dies! Thank you for this info, I will also be pinning it to save the information!

HeidiJJJJ March 29th, 2012

Just found your blog. Love it! I’m so inspired…think I’m gonna start with easter-eggers…how fun!

Every Easter I set aside some of the hard-cooked eggs for this special treatment. Gently crack the shells all over, but don’t peel them. Then, dye them just as you would the uncracked eggs. When you peel them for eating the outside of the whites have a colored, crackle look. When using them for deviled eggs I like to use food coloring in the yolk mixture…you can match or contrast with your colored crackle colors. Super fun, and kids LOVE ‘em!

Dawn March 29th, 2012

This will be my LAST year with store-bought eggs…I have seven little chicks brooding away at home right now who should be more than happy to give me healthier, farmier eggs next year!! Thanks for the natural coloring tips–I will try that this year for sure!

Gail Morris March 29th, 2012

I didn’t think brown eggs could be dyed thanks for the tips; now if only my grandkids could be here for easter we could dye up those eggs from my 7 backyard girls.

Marilyn H. March 29th, 2012

I use the Paas dye kits and they turn out great!

Heidi B March 29th, 2012

I LOVE our blue and brown eggs just the way they are, but my kids insist on coloring them! I am toying with the idea of just using lovely glitters on their current colors . . .bling them out!

Lisa P. March 29th, 2012

Natural dyed eggs, wow, I think I’ll stick with commercial dyes. It takes me long enough getting that project off the ground! The dyed brown eggs are exquisite and leaving some eggs with their natural color should make a very pretty presentation. I have 29 chickens. I give the eggs away to my neighbors and employees of the shops around town. Around Easter time people are asking me for my chickens eggs so they don’t have to dye them at all. They seem to enjoy the dark brown, light brown, blue and green eggs as they are. Dying brown eggs is new to me so I will have to try it.

Karyn Patrick March 29th, 2012

Awsome!! I have already started getting my cartons and eggs together we are doing natural dyes.Then I am going to put the eggs in little baskets and give them to neighbors and friends. They will love it. Thanks for this.

Debi Nichols March 29th, 2012

I like the Easter Egger chicken way!

Heather March 29th, 2012

As a child, we always used Paas, too. I am excited to dye our chickens’ eggs this year! It will be our first Easter with our chickens. Thanks for the opportunity!

kindra March 29th, 2012

I love the natural colors… they are so beautiful as they are! So much better than all of the “processed” white eggs in the store!

Nick March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the article…natural coloring definitely!

Murphy March 29th, 2012

I really liked the muted colors of the brown eggs. I’ll have to try that this year. But more importantly, I cannot wait to get my own easter eggers to get those naturally colored eggs. Thank you for all the tips.

Jenni March 29th, 2012

Anyone know how to use vegetable dyes on wool as well? I’m getting a spinning wheel..

mike money March 29th, 2012

We have several different breeds that lay all sorts of colors, so we dont dye any of ours!

peggy March 29th, 2012

I hand paint them for Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs. Pullet eggs are especially fun as children are amazed at the tiny ones. I lacquer them after painting to give them more strength.

Donna R. March 29th, 2012

We have four hens (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring). Three are Americanas (Easter Eggers) and one silver laced Wyndotte (Winter, looks like snow on blacktop). We adore them! Thanks for great info on backyard chickens. We like to share our eggs with family, neighbor and co-workers. Everyone just loves them (say the best eggs ever). Keep up the good work.

Suzette March 29th, 2012

I use the natural dyes described in the blog, it’s so fun!!!!!!

brook whitlock March 29th, 2012

I absolutely agree with brown eggs having richer lovelier colors. Now that we own chickens, we will have quite the spectrum to choose from this year. Love your blog. Keep up the good work! ;)

Michelle W. March 29th, 2012

I never knew that you could dye brown eggs! We will definitely give this a try, thank you!

Kristin Dorton March 29th, 2012

Thank you so much for posting this! I was just telling my husband this morning that I needed to go buy some eggs, and I really hate doing that, because I want to dye some for Easter and my chickens lay brown eggs. I didn’t think it would work! My son is 12 and decided that this year he doesn’t want to dye eggs, but that isn’t going to stop me! I have a sneaking suspicion that he will come around once it is all set up. :) I have 8 little Easter eggers in my brooder who are a little over a week old. I am so excited that I will have so many pretty colored eggs all of the time. I’m never going to outgrow dying eggs for Easter though. How could I resist? Two of my favorite things. Being artistic and letting my “Ladies” be involved while I’m at it. :)

Kierra Martens March 29th, 2012

I have always dyed eggs by using the tablets but I love the idea of natural eggs! I think I will try that this year! Thanks!

Dannie March 29th, 2012

I don’ have chickens yet. I live in the city and I am trying to get my husband to build me a coop so I can get some. When I was growing up we lived on a farm and had chickens. I have never colored brown eggs but this year I think I will use them . I love the bright colors . I would love to win so I can hatch my own chickens . Thanks for the info .

Tami March 29th, 2012

Love, Love Love, raising our own chickens. There’s no comparison to eggs from our own chickens. Now the next best thing, dying them at Easter with my 2 grandsons. I’m so excited. Thanks for all the great chicken information, the best customer service I think I have received. :-)

Kiah March 29th, 2012

Love all the natural eggs! Can’t wait to try!

Jacqueline March 29th, 2012

We love to let our hens out for “extreme pasturing” too, but they sure are vulnerable to predators (bobcat, coyote, dogs…). It’s a dilemma I can’t quite reconcile: safe longevity or rich quality of life? :-(

On a much happier note, we love the colors of the natural ingredients — onion skins and cabbage and coffee and blueberries. Can’t wait to do this. Thanks for the blog post!

Angie Coviello March 29th, 2012

Thank you for all the great ways to color the brown eggs!! Love it!
I also enjoyed the hints on boiling the eggs properly so they peel nicely!

Sue Fischer March 29th, 2012

I loved the info on coloring eggs–I refuse to buy the chemical dyes and colors that they sell in the stores. I’ve always wondered how to color eggs that weren’t completely white…and how to boil really fresh eggs. Thanks to you, looks like I will be having a great Easter full of colored eggs that I can do myself.

Jamie March 29th, 2012

I like the eggs in their “natural” colors (why I have 6 different kinds of hens), but I have to admit, the dyed eggs in this story sure are pretty. I will give this a try!

Janet Gonzalez March 29th, 2012

I like to dye my eggs with dye and vinegar. I put rubber bands on some and then dip the egg, I do it for easter the kids love it.

Emily Mires March 29th, 2012

My easter eggers are only 3 weeks old, so I will have to color store bought eggs (for the last time) this year. I love the natural dyes!! Thank you!

Wendee March 29th, 2012

I thank you for all the information on dyeing eggs. My chicks are just a few days old so I will keep this article for next spring. The natural way will be a good Idea, I grow most of those veggies and fruits. Have you tried pomergrant for dyeing? or rye grass for green?

Heather Harris March 29th, 2012

We also used Paas when I was little and I still do. It is one of my favi ways to dye. The other way is by drawing with my nieces and nephew on the egg with markers and colored penciels. They love it

Michelle Enix March 29th, 2012

I think this year I will hide eggs for the adults as we have no children anymore. Easter was always wonderful fun when I was a kid. It’s time to make new traditions and memories. Being “all grown up” is over rated. But since my girls aren’t laying yet I will be forced to buy store eggs.

Leann March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the great tips!!

Melissa Neville March 29th, 2012

My hens are laying like crazy, guess I can make lots of EASTER EGGS!!! My incubators are already full.

rebecca March 29th, 2012

I’ll never be too old to color eggs! thanks for the great article :-)

Spencer Knight March 29th, 2012

I am going to get some easter eggers for my colored eggs this year

Kelly March 29th, 2012

so glad i found this, i wasn’t sure if i could dye my brown eggs.

Lashanda March 29th, 2012

Thank you! I’m on it – my girls are laying like crazy! :)

Caitlin March 29th, 2012

Thanks for the great tips!! Coloring Easter eggs is fun for my children and it fills my house with color! My children always put their eggs in many different colors of dye and it makes the eggs so pretty!!

Sibil Clark March 29th, 2012

I have Easter eggs everyday with the variety of chickens i keep but cannot wait to dye those eggs and see how they turn out for the first time this year !!

Jamie March 29th, 2012

Funny how I didn’t even think to use my own eggs for easter, and this isn’t the first year that I’ve had my girls either, as a matter of fact I’ve had them going on three years now and it never even crossed my mind to use the eggs right in my own back yard, I end up giving most away anyways. I feel silly for not even thinking of it, but niether did my fiancee’ so I guess I’m not the only blonde here, lol. This year will be the prettiest eggs we’ve had yet, I’m sure the brown eggs help alot with the brilliant colors, and I like the idea of the natrual d.i.y. egg dyes, can’t wait to try that, but to keep the little ones happy we’ll do it both ways.

Caryl Lynne Honea March 29th, 2012

Great tips! So glad to get a good list for natural dyes. We are new to backyard chicken farming, but having a blast… can’t wait to try our first easter eggs from home!

Eve Gaffuri March 29th, 2012

I love two parts of advice from your article, the first is how beautiful the farm eggs turn when you dye them and second is how their natural colors are excellent to use also. My kids and I like to use a crayon (waxier the better, before the dye) to put our own unique art on the eggs and stickers!!!

Ginger March 29th, 2012

I can’t wait to try and dye my brown eggs

Tricia March 29th, 2012

Love the ideas. I never have the patience when I am coloring eggs. Now i know how long I should wait. I really love the ‘Easter eggers”. We have four and this was the main reason we got them. Even though we will still have to color some eggs, I won’t hvve to color as many. :)

Debbie March 29th, 2012

What GORGEOUS colors!! My chicks don’t come for a few weeks yet (sigh) but this will work w/ the neighbor’s eggs just fine! (We used Paas as kids too, but I really prefer using the spices, coffee etc.)

BTW-do these eggs then need to be refrigerated? I remember as a kid when we died eggs they sat out on the table all week.

Debbie March 29th, 2012

oops- dyed, not “died”…sigh.

Cathy March 29th, 2012

My boys and I dyed the eggs from our chickens last year and the colors came out beautiful. We also use the empty egg shells to make confetti eggs. I am going to use the natural dyes this year for our dyed eggs. I can’t wait to try these natural dyes.

donna March 29th, 2012

Thanks for letting me know I can dye my brown hen eggs!

Chel March 29th, 2012

Cool list of different natural dyes. I saw a pin on pinterest where you could use turmeric to dye your egg, then a red pen to draw winding flower designs—your own Henna egg!

Bobbie March 29th, 2012

I usually use the store bought stuff. But might like to try the natural way of dye making. If that takes too long then we’ll just go with the hens doing it! :)

Thanks!

ErikaB March 29th, 2012

We are a year into our chickens and we’ve always bought store white eggs and the fun different coloring kits for our kids and this year I really wanted to use ours which we get brown, light brown, pale pink, and green eggs from our girls and we are in egg overload and haven’t bought eggs in a store in year, so why start now? We are going to attempt to dye them and now I’m contemplating doing some “adult” easter eggs with the natural dyes, an let the kids use the store bought egg washes. You’re blog got me Super Eggcited for this upcoming week’s Egg Coloring night! :-)

caitlinvb March 29th, 2012

thank you for posting the list of natural dyes – excited to try them on my eggs!

Judy P. March 29th, 2012

I use natural colored eggs they bring on alot of questions and comments.

Judy March 29th, 2012

use good natural colored eggs for lots of interest

Marci S. March 29th, 2012

I get about 8 large brown eggs a week and 4 large white eggs a week. Then I have 3 yr. old cochin/silkies that lay me some light brown eggs. We always eat those eggs and color store bought white eggs. This year we will change it all up and color our eggs with some dye and some natural. My girls have always liked using crayons to draw on designs and words. We have always made egg salad or pickled “beeted” eggs with our eggs the Monday after Easter.

Nancy March 29th, 2012

I just ordered 12 chics so I will have to wait till next year,But now I know I can do coloring with my brown eggs,I am going to wrap mine in lace and see if I can get a neat design.

kyle karwan March 29th, 2012

the things you will need are: a straw, a needle, eggs, piant, sealer or nail polish clear coat, and a frying pan.
poke a hole in the top and bottom of the shell, then put the straw to one of the holes and blow the yolk and albumen out of the shell (make sure the frying pan is underneath to make an omlet or other egg related food) paint the egg with whatever design you want, then seal the piant.

Jenn March 29th, 2012

What a great and timely article…..my second batch of hens just started laying last week and we are starting to be overrun with blue and brown eggs…..we are still gonna use Paas but I can’t wait to see the new colors!!

Becca Smith March 29th, 2012

I don’t have any children to dye eggs for, wish I did, they are so beautiful!

Anita Payton March 29th, 2012

This was a great read! I’m just now starting to raise chickens, they’re just hitting 3 weeks old. I can’t wait to start getting the eggs. ^_^

Melissa vanek March 29th, 2012

I love to do mulit colored eggs, but it takes patience to hold the egg steady in each color! but they turn out beautiful

Saidur Rahman March 29th, 2012

Looks cool, my chickens are only 1 month old cant wait until they lay eggs!!

Michelle March 29th, 2012

Love how our hens naturally color eggs all year round!

Jan Chesser March 29th, 2012

The brown eggs make beautiful colors!! I will have to try it next year! And with eggs from my own chickens!

adida March 29th, 2012

It’s been a long while since I “had” to dye eggs. It was the smelly vinegar and traditional colors with the occassional pretty mistakes. I think that I will try the natural dyes. I do love eggs.

anke byrne March 29th, 2012

I prefer the natural dying over store bought dye packages. I am a teacher and with my students we will do some egg art by melting the tips of crayons with a candle and apply the melted crayon wax on the egg..

Bernadette Polansky March 30th, 2012

Oh I like the naturally colored eggs. Will have to give it a try.
Thanks

Grimm March 30th, 2012

We’ll have to send you some Southwestern Crimson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal) for next year… all natural as it is made from smashed bugs, and safe for human consumption as it is the same dye Starbucks just caught flack for using in their “vegan-friendly” strawberries-and-cream Frappuccinos.

Devin March 30th, 2012

Great Post! We used natural egg dyes when I was growing up.

We put little leaves into a pantyhose then put the egg in and tied it up, then soaked the eggs in the dye till they were colored. They came out with the picture of the leaves in white and the rest of the egg colored. Very cool!

JenO March 30th, 2012

We used both our brown eggs and our blue and green eggs from the easter eggers with Paas dye last year, and I really liked the colors better than with white eggs, especially the browns. This year I’ll leave my EE eggs nakey. ;)

Michelle N. March 30th, 2012

We have “dark chocolate” egg layers, easter eggers, and various others like silkies and sex-links with other shades of brown, so we have plenty of colors. However, even though our kids are now teenagers, we still take time every year to color our eggs; They are so rich and beautiful looking! Just like your pictures here. Perhaps this year we’ll try the natural dyes and see what happens!

Ada Ardito March 30th, 2012

The natural dyes look so nice, I think I will have to give it a try this year. It has been ages since I have dyed eggs. My daughters and I used to make the oriental tea eggs. Where you don’t peel, but just crack all over the eggshell of a hard boiled egg prior to using a dye. Then when the eggs are peeled, you see a beautiful crackling affect on the eggwhites.

Shannon March 30th, 2012

We love to draw on our eggs with a white color crayon before dying. Once the egg has been dyed, all surfaces will have color except where your white crayon was. It’s like a secret message revealed as the dye works.
Happy Easter!

Dawn March 30th, 2012

I never really considered dying the brown eggs, but this is brilliant. Even though the natural dyes are the most difficult, the result is so gorgeous, it looks like it’s completely worth the hassle. I’ll have to give this a go this year. How awesome! Thank you!

Roberta March 30th, 2012

What a great blog! I have chickens for the first time this year (brown eggs) and I will be trying the natural coloring. My “kids” are 19 and 21 so I’m thinking of having an egg dying night this coming week with the girlfriends. I have 3 younger hens not quite laying but 2 of them are easter eggers so next year should be more colorful even without the dye. So true about that chicken math.. Thanks for the great site!

Julia M. March 30th, 2012

Thanks a lot! These are great tips! :~)

Kara March 30th, 2012

I’m also looking forward to having my girls lay eggs…unfortunately I’m new to the chicken world and my girls (chicks) aren’t coming for another couple weeks.

Lauri March 30th, 2012

I am so glad I read this–I was buying white eggs for dyeing, too! The “from home” eggs you colored were so much brighter! I am going to try it this year, I wonder what the green eggs will color to be?? And just after Easter we have 6 new babies coming (from My Pet Chicken.com!) the kids are so excited!

wynkynnod March 30th, 2012

For egg shells we want to keep, we blow out the insides from the egg and use nail polish to paint the eggs. The color is vivid and the nail polish brush wands make painting the eggs quite easy for all ages. I’m not sure I’d paint hard boiled eggs this way, though, because I’m not sure about the chemicals in the polish seeping through the shell.

emily davis March 30th, 2012

the eggs are so beautiful! i had no idea that a chicken could lay a red egg! i love dying eggs for easter and mix up the colours in small jars and leave them in the fridge for a few hours. my three year old loves to draw on the eggs with colours before we dye, then markers after. last year we spray glittered them! we played with them for a few days, so couldn’t eat them. compost for the garden, though!

Rachel March 30th, 2012

I’m getting my first hens tomorrow, 3 Rhode Island Reds. They are laying now and hopefully will continue to do so!! I’m so excited to have fresh eggs for easter. My family has Polish/Ukranian heritage and we always decorate with Pysanky… they create beautifully decorated eggs using a simple brass tool and beeswax, then various baths of dyes. I can’t wait to use this method on brown eggs and see what I get! Thanks for sharing this – I’ve shared it around with some friends who are also new to backyard chickens… everyone will be SO jelous of our beautiful eggs!

debbie March 30th, 2012

great idea on using nail polish, I”m assuming you are blowing out the eggs to make cascarones (Not sure if the spelling is correct…eggs filled with confetti) a mexican tradition..love it! I grew up with it in Texas, and I have passed it on to so many people who had never seen this and loved it too. Now they make them for their children. My kids are 19 and 15 and they still love to crack the cascarones on each others heads.
Happy Easter Everyone!

MC March 30th, 2012

I use silk scraps from fabric store or old ties to dye eggs – absolutely beautiful and easy. I found a site that outlines the process: http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2011/03/silk-dyed-easter-eggs.html
Enjoy!

Erik March 30th, 2012

In my opinion, the best art you can make out of eggs is a good breakfast! And then put the egg shells right into the garden to make some more colorful art with flowers!

Sandra M March 30th, 2012

I can’t wait to get my Easter Egger next month so I can have some naturally pretty eggs!!!

Barb March 30th, 2012

This is so helpful thanks for posting it

Tammy Claxton March 30th, 2012

I love the green eggs I get from my Ameracaunas! I also have brown egg layers too and we love the way the colors are so much more deep than white eggs! Thank you for running a contest…so fun!

Vanessa March 30th, 2012

I love to color eggs for halloween. I hard boil eggs. When the eggs are finished i give them a quick crack on the counter top (on the long side of the egg – not the top or the bottom). I then soak them in blueberry juice overnight. When you take them out and peel the eggs, you will have what looks like a spider web (from the crack you made on the shell). Then i turn them into deviled eggs (you kind of have to make a vertical deviled egg to be able to see the “spider web” design). These were a HUGE hit at my Halloween party and they’re pretty fun to make.

sherryb2008 March 30th, 2012

I have not dyed eggs since I was a kid. After reading this article it makes me want to dye eggs this year. I love all the colors. Thank you for all the helpful articles you post.

Felix March 30th, 2012

This will be my first Easter where I will be able to use eggs from my own chickens for dying! Thank you for posting the informative article; the bright photographs are very artistic looking, and they make me really excited to see what my eggs will look like once they are colored!

Jeff March 30th, 2012

Things like this remind me of things that I haven’t done in many years. Food coloring was how it was always done at our house. Except mama always made us dye some with beet juice. Why I don’t know. But I guess I’ll try it again maybe just for the memories.

Yovnne March 30th, 2012

Thanks for this. I have been wondering about this. I love to make my own dyes!

Leanne See March 30th, 2012

Thank you for the information. I was wondering whether or not you could dye brown eggs! I am looking forward to coloring our own fresh eggs!

meredith March 30th, 2012

Great article….thanks for the info

Eva March 30th, 2012

We colored eggs every Saturday before Easter. Our can of the old crayons would melt all kinds of colors on the eggs so they were not just one color but like a kaleidoscope of colors. We had six kids in our family and Mom and Dad had their hands full when it came to Holidays. I always loved the eggs to eat after the hunt. Yum..Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad. I have ordered my chickens and now I am so hungry for those eggs to make something for today. Can’t wait for our Chicks to make it here. To display the eggs would be Great.

Traci March 30th, 2012

Funny, I love our chickens eggs so much and think they are so lovely undyed that I buy crappy eggs from the grocery store to dye…Is that wrong?

typhanie March 30th, 2012

I found a way to dye eggs using silk ties… absolutely beautiful… :) Can’t wait to try it with the kids Saturday… :)

Heather K March 30th, 2012

Ooooh! I would like a ceramic egg holder! Please please please! Thanks for the entry!

Debbie Bosley March 30th, 2012

Very Interesting. My girls & I once dyed eggs with boiled onion skins, they turned out beautiful. I don’t remember how we did it but we put lacy designs on them, they looked antique.

Linda G March 30th, 2012

One way to make pretty patterns on eggs is to wrap leaves like parsley with rubber bands around the eggs before dyeing. We used onion skins for the dye. I learned this at a class taught by a woman from Eastern Europe. She said it was they way they traditionally would decorate the eggs.

Cheryl March 30th, 2012

I love this blog and have learned so many interesting and useful things. Thank you so very much for everything. This is our third year of having chickens and I absolutely love them. When they are done laying they will remain with us to live out their days. Again a Great Big Thank You !!!!!

Kim March 30th, 2012

I love the natural coloring of the eggs!

Donna Ogilvie March 30th, 2012

Thsi will be my first Easter with my hens,It should be fun.I have green ,tan ,white and brown eggs already : )

Miranda March 30th, 2012

I am so excited to color our brown eggs with the kids this week while they are on spring break. It’s great family fun!

Michele L. March 30th, 2012

I love the natural dyed eggs – beautiful!

Elizabeth March 30th, 2012

This year I think we will try dyeing eggs with Koo-Aid. 1 pack of kool-aidd to 2/3 cup water. I would let our eggs stay natural, but with a 2 year old the thrill of dyeing our first Easter eggs together sound like to much fun. I have a flock of 19 EE’s and I’m hoping to add another 20. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah C. March 30th, 2012

I LOVE coloring brown eggs! I think they look beautiful! My hens lay brown and that’s all that I’ve used for years to color for Easter. I have a couple of Ameraucanas that lay green eggs, but I can’t ever find where they lay them! The natural dye looks like it might be kind of cool to try.

Shelley O March 30th, 2012

I have never tried dying our brown eggs! This year we will be dying all of our different colored eggs for sure!

Jessica March 30th, 2012

My kids like to draw on the eggs with a white crayon before we dye them. I buy egg dye packs in clearance every year to use the following year.

Meagan Mycroft March 30th, 2012

Thanks for the ideas and the info!! I am going to try them. And the same ol tradition of the little color chip and vinegar.

Roxanne March 30th, 2012

I’ve never dyed eggs before, so this post was really informative! I have to try this! :)

R Schram March 30th, 2012

I will be using the blue and green eggs from our hens this year. I will probably give the kids some markers to color on them :)

Danielle March 30th, 2012

I love the natural dyes! They look beautiful. Thanks for the article, I have been buying white eggs for the past 4 years for my kids to dye assuming the brown ones wouldn’t work do well. Not this year! We are using our girls’ eggs.

Michelle Wade March 30th, 2012

This will be my first year dyeing our own eggs. I have heard that the colors come out a lot better so I will look forward to wonderfullt colored eggs this year. I would love the ceremic egg holder to display them. :)

janice d blankenship March 30th, 2012

wow nice info you can teach a old dog new tricks, thanks for the info will have to try., thanks again.

Kelley Thies March 30th, 2012

I’m excited to try the natural dyes, sounds like a real fun challenge, Thank you for the information.

Theresa March 30th, 2012

I Like to let the chickens do the coloring!

Nadra Auch March 30th, 2012

Great Information, now I wish I had my chicks! Only one more month to go…

Tracy Jenner March 30th, 2012

Great fun we had tonight doing this, Now to take to school and see how many red, blue and green kids I send home :)

christine March 30th, 2012

Oh I found your article too late and I was trying Martha Stewarts natural dye suggestions. I knew about the bloom, but thought it would come off in the boiling process. I am trying red cabbage and vinegar on about 6 eggs in cups and another 5 I cooked in the pot with the red cabbage boiling 1/2 head to 2 quarts water 1/4 cup vinegar. All of the color is bubbling on the shells and you can rub it off. How do you clean the eggs, will Manna Pro All Natural Egg Cleanser take off the bloom. I’ll leave them in the fridge overnight and see if it works, if not I will make deviled eggs. I like option 3 with the forsythia sprig and maybe some violas since they re just popping up and are edible/organic from my garden. Thanks for the info and photos!
Christine and 2 black australorps, 2 buff orpingtons, and 2 silver laced wyandottes.

Gwen West March 30th, 2012

We love dying eggs. I prefer the natural dyes but the kids love the packages of fancy colors and decorations so we always end up with a few different types. I love the egg holders. Even if I don’t win I have them on my wish list ;).

Gwen

Melinda Cowell March 30th, 2012

These are gorgeous.. Will be fun to dye eggs with the kiddos this year :)
Thanks for the information, Melinda

Kelli March 30th, 2012

I love the easter egger’s eggs the best…I can’t wait for mine to start laying :)

Jen March 30th, 2012

I am so glad that I saw this. I never would have thought of coloring brown eggs.

Darleen March 30th, 2012

Oh how fun! Really looking forward to dying some of our own eggs this year. We usually just use a kit, but I think I will have to try some of the natural options this year too! And of course the natural colors of our girls’ eggs are awesome too!

Michelle March 30th, 2012

We used to use colors that came in little bottles. Some were disney characters others were bunnies. The eggs came out all swirled with different colors. it’s not sold anymore so we use the tablets. We like to dip the egg in one color, wrap a rubberband around it, then dip it in a different color. We do it several times for one egg to see how many colors we can get on one egg. Just have to be careful not to break the shell with all the rubberbands…

sabine brooks March 30th, 2012

i love to use a wax to make designs on my eggs and when removed have a pretty design left behind

ansley March 30th, 2012

Thank you so much for this- I have easter eggers and I was planning to use their eggs but also buy white ones for different colors– now I know I don’t need to and can color my Orpington’s brown eggs easily!

Ellen March 30th, 2012

My Estonian grandmother only dyed Easter eggs one way…she would wrap the eggs in onion skins (the papery part), secure it with string, and then hard boil them. I don’t know if she added anything to the water. When they were unwrapped they were a pretty brownish-orange with interesting random patterns. I have two brown egg laying hens so I just might try it myself this year! My granny lived to be 103, and I still miss her! :)

Kemp Cove March 30th, 2012

This is our fist year with our own chickens, so I can’t say I have a favorite way yet, but I REALLY like option #3!!!

Raquel Green March 30th, 2012

I’m going with the third recommendation! Thanks for the wonderful tips!

Robin Hynek March 30th, 2012

This is our first year with chickens and I’m really looking forward to Easter. We’re up to 11 girls, all different breeds, so we have a rainbow of lovely colors that I can’t wait to show off. We have started setting aside eggs we plan to use already. Older eggs are easier to peel after they’re hard boiled. It will be so fun to see how they take the dye. This year we’re also planning on blowing a lot and not dying them at all. A simple bowl of blown eggs will make an amazing centerpiece.

Deitra Walter March 30th, 2012

Thank you for sharing that I can use my ladies brown eggs, I had begun saving white just for the occasion, can’t wait to see what the brown’s yield. We have four “Easter” hens so they have already accomplished my blue/greens for me. I love your blog and am so happy that I came across it, it has answered questions that I have had for several years about my girls.

Kelly Cassel March 30th, 2012

My daughter is 22 years old and still comes over to dye eggs, only now she brings her husband and he dyes eggs with her. They like to put rubber bands on the eggs and make tie dyed ones.

DeAnn Scabillonis March 30th, 2012

this will be our first year to dye our own eggs. I would like to try natural dyes. Had the hens first eggs done pasanke (not sure its spelled correctly) to save them. Was happy to see that I was not the only one having trouble peeling, and I stopped washing my eggs too.

suzy March 31st, 2012

A lovely, fun and heart-warming article.

Alana March 31st, 2012

I have only dyed eggs with the store bought dye kit. But this year we got chicks so next year we will have many colors of eggs for Easter!

Christie March 31st, 2012

My husband and I are new to Backyard Chickens and are having a ball with our baby chicks.. We got a lot of information from your site and have learned that brown eggs can be dyed (who knew?!:) My girls are all grown but they loved to Tie Dye eggs.. wearing gloves to keep the color off their hands.. we put a little food coloring on a piece of wax paper, many different colors separately and then rolled the egg in one of the colors at a time, after rolling it through one color they would wipe off the extra with paper towels and then roll in another color and repeat till they were tie dyed as much as they wanted.. it was lots of fun.. each turned out different of course! Will look forward to my little babies giving me yummy eggs!

pam March 31st, 2012

This will be my first Easter with my girls. I think I will try and use both white, store-bought and some browns from home. It sounds like a great color experiment to do with my 6 year old grandson. I love all of the natural colors eggs can come in but, I like the brown (chocolate) color my brood lay.

Happy Easter everyone!

Lisa Lee March 31st, 2012

We won’ t have our own eggs until August, but I’m printing this article to help me remember next Easter!

Judy March 31st, 2012

I love this; I wasn’t sure if our brown eggs would take the dye but the colors are prettier, as you pointed out. I may even try a natural dye just to experiment.

Denise March 31st, 2012

Very fascinating article. I have Silkies and they lay eggs that are anywhere from off white to pink to light brown. I’m going to hold onto the darkest and try my luck at coloring them for my Grandchildren for Easter this year! I will make sure to wash and dry first to remove the bloom. I didn’t realize that some grocery store eggs had oil on them. I wondered why they looked different. More shiny!
In the past I have taken a variety of the Silkie eggs and just painted on them with water colors. Because they already have a bit of color it leaves a nice soft pastel affect.

Amanda March 31st, 2012

I am so excited to have laying hens of my own the Easter. I can’t wait to give the natural dyes a try on our eggs!

Maxus March 31st, 2012

I would love to win a ceramic egg case! My favored way is to use the natural dyes!

Maggie March 31st, 2012

I love the look of the natural dyes. I just put an order in at my local shop for some Easter Eggers, so next year I can have the true “natural” easter eggs. Very excited!

jacki March 31st, 2012

I’ve never tried coloring my brown eggs and plan to try the natural dyes you suggest. They are gorgeous, and of course I would love to show them off in a new ceramic egg case!

Marie March 31st, 2012

I didn’t know you could dye brown eggs. I am going to try it this Easter. Thanks for the info.

Bobbie Kramer March 31st, 2012

I love the eggs dyed by the chickens! We have 5 hens: 1 easter egger, 1 welsummer, a barred rock and 2 Rhode Island reds, so we get a mini-rainbow of colors every day.

Jennifer Solano March 31st, 2012

Loved this article, really looking forward to trying the ideas this Easter. I always buy brown eggs and was wondering “how will I get them to color for Easter?”, well now I have all the info I need.

Just to add….in the cafeteria where I work I commented on the new “brown” eggs they were using and was told they were now local and cage free, way to go.

Pam March 31st, 2012

I too grew up in the city. Nothing beats our natural easter eggers in the color dept! I just feed the chicky ladies and gather the eggs :)

Emily March 31st, 2012

So glad to know I can use my brown eggs to color. We have always gone and bought white eggs for some reason!

Jen Porter March 31st, 2012

I just got my first chicks and won’t have my own eggs for this Easter, but look forward to testing these techniques on store bought eggs and my own next year!

Sarah March 31st, 2012

I always used the chemical dyes growing up, too, but I’m excited that my kids know a different route. It’s not weird to them that we put our eggs in their colors at night and wake up to find what we’ve made in the morning! Exciting! Great post!

Julie March 31st, 2012

Every year around pre-Easter season, Ma would take us to Granma’s house & Granma would mix the dyes for us to colour the eggs. She would take out markers & construction paper & glue & we would make bunnies–cotton balls for the tail, & chinese wise-men, cats, chicks, Humpty Dumpty, etc. Occassionally she would buy googly-eyes for our artwork eggs. I thought this was normal, but since I’ve been an adult I realize that most people just colour the eggs, they don’t make ‘people’ or ‘animals’ out of their eggs like we use to.
I still colour my eggs & still make animals & people out of them.

DARLIN March 31st, 2012

OUR HENS LAY THE NICEST EGGS, GREENS, SHADES OF BROWN AND SOME WITH SPECKLES..THIS BLOG CAME IN HANDY AT THE RIGHT TIME AS I JUST TOLD MY HUSBAND TODAY THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO BUY SOME WHITE EGGS TO COLOR….NOT NOW!! THANK YOU….ALSO I TOOK OUR GREEN SHELLED EGGS INTO OUR FIRST GRADERS CLASS AND MADE GREEN EGGS AND HAM AND THE KIDS WERE SO FASCINATED NOT TO MENTION ALL 22 KIDS LOVED IT! IT WAS GREAT FUN!

jOANN March 31st, 2012

wow, love the eggs…my kids are grown and gone, But i’am also a Activities Director in a nursing home/rehab center…guess what i’am doing this coming week…and will share w/all the great looking/natural eggs. thank you for sharing.
Have a great evening and Happy Easter!!!

Carol A. Boblit March 31st, 2012

We always used onion skins to dye our eggs, at easter, growing up on the farm we had lots of eggs and always had lots of onions in the garden that we carried over for winter. Great experiment for a science project.
Loved the pictures of the great dye jobs.

Ted Hood March 31st, 2012

I love using Bantam eggs for Easter hunts, They are fun for little kids to find.

wren gillfillan April 1st, 2012

After reading this article we will definitely try the natural dye for our own sweet little eggs. O ne other crazy thing we try each year is blowing out an egg and filling with some sort of liquid that will harden after cooling. this is a fun but very messy endeavor. we have tried jell-o and chocolate and white chocolate in the past with varying levels of success. happy eastering.

Candie Hawkins April 1st, 2012

I love how the chickens do the coloring for you, I love all your natural ideas!

chick_mama April 1st, 2012

I love dying Easter Eggs!! This year I am trying the faux wood look using coffee and tea. Just use cups with graduating amounts of coffee and tea in mugs. Let the boiled eggs set in the shallowest cup first, then the next deepest, then the next and so forth. The result will look like the life rings in the tree! So fun.

Also – Does anyone have suggestions on keeping the “blown” eggs submerged in the dye?

Elaine Sumner Rumsey April 1st, 2012

I’ve always loved the colors of dyed brown eggs, too. Thanks for all the dying information.
When my younger boy was little, he called our homegrown eggs ‘real chicken eggs’ and refused to eat eggs from the store! My sister is the chicken keeper in the family now and I love those eggs!

teddy April 1st, 2012

What fun! I never knew the brown eggs could take the dye so well and be so vibrant! I’m hoping to add a Marans to my little flock to make every day a little bit more like Easter.

Linden April 1st, 2012

Well, I have to say that I have never thought of coloring my brown eggs—I always have gone out and purchased white ones. But this blog has opened my eggs and I will be dying my brown eggs this year. Thanks!

Katie April 1st, 2012

The dyed brown eggs are beautiful- thank you for the inspiration, MPC!

Donna Adkins April 1st, 2012

I already bought my white eggs from the store,lol…. I am still gonna try the all natural way of dying for a homeschool project since we already hatched some eggs and I am always trying new things to teach this is right up my alley!!! TY for the info!

Christy B. April 1st, 2012

If I had the time, I would want to actually spend time hand painting eggs, but I have a 1.5 year old, so I will try the natural dyeing method this year and let him put stickers all over… or maybe stamping.

christian lorenzo April 1st, 2012

i am starting a new flock and very proud of this flock in particular. i love my new flock so much.

Michelle Lee April 2nd, 2012

Love the color of the brown dyed eggs! Think I will try this for easter this year.

Cara April 2nd, 2012

Thanks for opening my eyes to the fact that you can dye brown eggs!

Deanna Parrish April 2nd, 2012

Wow Thank you so much for giving me and my kids some great ideas to dye eggs this year. It has become a tradition in our home to dye Easter eggs together then to go hunt them down. We will definitely be using some of your ideas in this blog post to dye our eggs this year. I never knew you could dye the brown eggs. We are really looking forward to our chickens laying eggs next Easter so we can dye our own eggs and not have to worry about buying eggs to dye.

Acacia April 2nd, 2012

I have Easter eggs from 1952 that my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother decorated together. The insides of the eggs are all dried up by now, but the outside of the eggs are very intricate with small flowers, boarders, and much more that must have taken a good amount of time to decorate. The eggs were decorated with dye, paint, and a wax pencil to the best of my knowledge and although they were not for eating, the fact that over 50 years later they are still as beautiful as the day they were painted is a wonderful thing. They are a beautiful reminder of the love and traditions that we are given from our wonderful hens.

Julie April 2nd, 2012

I didn’t think you could dye brown eggs. So excited to try it this year. We had always gotten a dozen white just for Easter.

Karmyn R April 2nd, 2012

I was shocked the first time we dyed our own eggs. They are brighter and take the dye quicker. At some point I’d like to try the natural dyes and give them a try.

Kathleen April 2nd, 2012

I am sooo inspired to dye our brown eggs. Traditionally it is my husband and the kids who dye and decorate the eggs for Easter. Not this year! I am totally crashing the party! The colors are so beautiful. Thank you.

Tracy April 3rd, 2012

Wow, I never thought you could successfully color brown eggs. Interesting idea!

Gail Kinsey April 3rd, 2012

When my children were young we used to use white and brown eggs the kids loved the rainbow of colors they were able to create. We had foster children as well so for many of the foster children this was a new experience. I did not try to make my own dyes it was hard enough to get the kids to wait until the dyes were mixed up properly much less wait for mom to cook up the dye. As the children grew older they becane more creative with decorating and painting the eggs combining colors. The egg decorating sessions became art expression sessions for all the children. I sat back and enjoyed the imaginations of all the children before me. Even though my children are all grown, I still look back and think about those fun times so fondly.

morgan April 3rd, 2012

when dying eggs i always use the store dye but we love to “tie” dye our eggs at my house they are so cute.

patricia April 3rd, 2012

we usually just use food coloring but this year are goin to try all natural dye.

Dianne April 3rd, 2012

Thanks for the info on dying brown eggs! My five girls will give me plenty o’ eggs for Easter!

Jennifer April 3rd, 2012

I am so going to try dying my brown eggs this year!! With only two hens that lay white eggs, I was thinking I wouldn’t have many eggs to dye. It never even occurred to me to dye the brown ones!! Love it!!

DebbieMiller April 3rd, 2012

Love the article and love the eggs my hens leave me :)

Amanda April 3rd, 2012

This is my first year dyeing eggs since I was a little kid!! I’m so excited to do this with my son for the first time. I think we are going to try the natural dyes, with red onion and turmeric, and I’ll buy a paas kit just in case ;)

Ariana April 3rd, 2012

Thank you for this post! My girls bless me with dozens of brown eggs, and I was worried that I would have to go buy white eggs to dye this easter! I’m so much happier knowing that I can keep on using my lovely brown eggs!

Laura April 3rd, 2012

I really miss my girls, we moved a couple years ago and haven’t gotten set up for chickens again yet. Hope to be getting some soon though. I just want to be sure we can keep them protected here from all the preditors.

Linda April 3rd, 2012

This will be my first time dying our own eggs, excited to see how they turn out!

Linda Wilder April 3rd, 2012

I can’t wait to dye my eggs this year. I never realized the brown eggs would dye as well as the store bought white. Plan on having fun experimenting with all of my various colored eggs today.

joycecourtney April 3rd, 2012

My family has an “Easter Egg Roll” each Easter down Grandpa’s driveway! We see who egg will roll the farthers and I am often the winner! I think it’s because of my “home grown” eggs.

Preita April 3rd, 2012

I love my eggs just as is though seeing your colors I will now have to get some dye! My favorite eggs are the ones that come out speckled. I’m pretty sure it’s one of my marans doing it so it’s on a deep brown egg with super dark speckles. Of course, I love my american’s blue eggs too! They always seem like a present!

Sheila Chapman April 3rd, 2012

wow what a lot of great ways to die eggs and what a lot of memories. I used to die Ukranian Eggs and this will work on brown eggs too, Take your broen egg and decide on a pattern, take some melted candle wax and using a paintbrush cover the parts of the egg you want left brown (or white for white eggs) Then dip the whole egg into a dye of whichever colour you want next , say red …. when dyed to the right red take egg out of dye and cover the red you want with beeswax… repeat till pattern is done (takes ages) at the end when your pattern is complete melt the wax off with a lighted candle and watch your pattern come to life ….. Make your design as intricate or as simple as you like …. Traditionally each symbol has a meaning and the eggs keep for ages blown or un blown …. have fun

Debbi April 3rd, 2012

We love using the craziest coloring kits we can find. We put gloves on and use our hands to paint the eggs.

Maureen Warren April 3rd, 2012

I’m am loving every minute with my “Ladies”! I can’t wait to try dyeing some of their brown eggs this year…..your eggs with the natural dyes are beautiful!

Tracy April 3rd, 2012

I remember getting colored CHICKS for Easter when I was younger. I had no idea how they did it back then – but it was sure to bring squeals of delight when I was a child. We own a bakery and catering business and this year decided to use as many hometown ingredients as possible, including raising our own chickens for eggs. We’ve always used the store-bought methods of dying plain white eggs. Hopefully by this time next year, we’ll be dying our own eggs.

Marcie April 3rd, 2012

First Easter with eggs from my very own chickens. The best way I’ve ever dyed eggs is the “silk tie” dying method. You can search it out on Pinterest. The eggs look so awesome. But,the natural colors of my eggs look wonderful as well.

Grandpam April 3rd, 2012

I love to dye eggs for Easter, and usually use food coloring when doing so. A few years ago I tried something new, and it was a big hit. Instead of coloring the egg shells, I peeled the eggs and then dyed them. We no longer had children young enough to hunt the eggs, and my lazy bunch was happy to get the eggs peeled for them. Sliced open and arranged on a plate they look very Eastery!

Shannan Wright April 3rd, 2012

I remember as a child, spending a day with my brother and mom coloring eggs. We had so much fun! This is now a tradition that I share with my own children. We go to my mother’s house and sit out on the back porch. We use the food coloring/vinegar method but I love the idea of natural colorings. My son (13) raises his own hens and this year we will try dying some of the browns!

Amy April 3rd, 2012

I never thought to dye brown eggs, when my children were growing up we dyed the white eggs. This year my grandchildren and I will be dying my hens brown eggs!

Brandi Barnes April 3rd, 2012

I am really excited to try coloring the brown eggs this year, we always used white. I think we may try a few natural dyes as well, great tips!

Veronica N. April 3rd, 2012

I love eggs from an Easter Egger chicken the best!!!

Roberta Davis April 3rd, 2012

I love dyeing eggs with natural dyes! and the kids love experimenting wth the different things to make more colors!!! this is our fuirst year we are dyeing our fresh eggs!! and i cant wait!!! :)

Amy Stong April 3rd, 2012

Wow! Lots of interesting information on dyeing eggs! Dyeing Goose eggs is especially fun for kids! A lot of kids are amazed at how big a goose egg is!

Debbie Northard April 3rd, 2012

I am so eggcited. This will be my first year to color eggs from my own chickens. I have also purchased some Easter Egg Chickens so that I can have colored eggs all year long. I have never colored brown eggs so I am looking forward to seeing the vibrant colors. Thanks for the tip!

Michele Shanklin April 3rd, 2012

I have blown eggs, left their natural color, and decorated with scrapbooking stickers, ribbons, etc. They can decorated with springtime motifs for Easter, or Christmas motifs for ornaments. Love the natural colored eggs, but we will try dying some this week too! Thanks so much for all the tips!

Samantha Stone April 3rd, 2012

I love tye dying eggs. Take a few colors and rub them on the eggs then drop the whole egg in to another color. We also enjoy drawing faces on them. This year will be our first year doing a whole batch of our back yard eggs. So we’re really excited to start dying the browns and blues of our flock.

sarah April 3rd, 2012

We blow out the eggs and dye – when I was a kid, with food coloring, and now with my kids, with natural materials. Then all those many eggs get left out for the Easter Bunny to hide for us! We save as many eggs as survive the hunt every year, so we have many dozens to hunt for!

Laurie Barnett Thomas April 3rd, 2012

I haven’t colored eggs in years, but I have to this year, just to have fun with the different colors the brown eggs will turn out.

Rachel Sharon April 3rd, 2012

This year my children and I colored our eggs with the extra food coloring in our pantry that we use for cooking and baking… it was a great way for me to teach them about mixing colors!

Megan meggymo April 3rd, 2012

I am definitely sharing this with everyone I know!!!

Michelle April 3rd, 2012

It’s like Easter everyday at our house. I think I might dye some of the browns this year though. It will be pretty to have some pinks in the blue and grenade mix.

Judi April 3rd, 2012

Have not died brown eggs since I have grown old. Never have bought them that I can remember. My Mammy use to have chickens and we died eggs, but really don’t remember that either. Hence age? LOL I now have chicks! YEAH…and will carry the tradition to my Granddaughter—-next year— when I have my own brown eggs.

Elissa April 3rd, 2012

I love using simple eggs dyes purchased from local stores. After a first color base is on the egg, we use oil in the dyes and no create “polka dot” creations. Love my chicken!!!

Brenda April 3rd, 2012

I never thought it was even possible ~~ I wasn’t even going to color eggs this year as the grand kids won’t be here, but after seeing this blog I must try it. Can’t wait to see my babies brown eggs in living colours~~~ These pics where just lovely Thanks for the advice!!

Heidi Newman April 3rd, 2012

Love the tips….. unfortunately, my girls are just 5 weeks old so will have to wait til next Easter to explore your tips with their eggs!

Lidia Rodriguez April 3rd, 2012

Thanks for the tips ,I love my eggs natural. I have natural blue ,greenish, dark brown, and light brown, tan color and white. But i will try coloring my eggs with my 9 years old son he will enjoy it ..

Thanks Lidia

chrissy April 3rd, 2012

Beautiful eggs! can’t wait to try it out on ours! Thanks fro the post!

Lindsey April 3rd, 2012

We are going to try natural dye this year, but as a back up we have the tradition dye given to us by Granna…

Martha Waugh April 3rd, 2012

Great info on dying eggs. I don’t usually color shelled eggs, but every year I make colored deviled eggs. They’re always a hit at Easter brunch. I think I might try coloring some shelled eggs this year and make a pretty basket arrangement for my table.

Sadie April 3rd, 2012

We’re going back to good ol’ PAAS this year, as – forget about the kiddo – *I* am too impatient for the natural dyes method – we tried it last year and it just wasn’t my thing. But my favorite memories of egg decorating are with my grandma, who taught me to blow out the eggs through tiny holes in each end, wash them carefully, and then paint them and decorate them with ribbon, gilt, and “diamond dust.”

Debra Ramsey April 3rd, 2012

I am going to boil our oldest eggs. Thanks for the age tip! I am going to cut the eggs 1/3rd from the top, refilling them and adding small pieces of olive cut for the eyes and a sliver of carrot for the beaks. These will be for coffee hour at our church on Easter. I will also try dying our various naturally colored eggs also. I love our chickens and we are quite proud that we still have the original 7 we received from you in the mail almost 2 years later! Wishing everyone a Happy Spring.

Ta, Eggnes, Camilla, Buffy, Dentelle, Bobbin, Ginger, Dominique and their token human, Debra

Becky April 3rd, 2012

I would love to win!!!

Karen April 3rd, 2012

I love the natural way to dye eggs!

Kyle Bowser April 3rd, 2012

This year I blew out my eggs and I have been decorating them with gorgeous metallic origami paper!! They look so elegant. Very time consuming but also very fun and so beautiful !!

Jared Fluhrer April 3rd, 2012

My favorite way too color eggs is BOTH ways! I use Kool-Aid to dye my white eggs. Then I use natural dyes for my brown eggs. The eggs always look really COOL:)

Carol Schanz April 3rd, 2012

Great article have tried using backyard eggs before, now I know to wash the bloom off!! I think I will try using the Paas kit again. Kids are too impatient!!

Tammy April 3rd, 2012

Great article …. as we have not had little ones in our home for awhile I have not colored eggs for a few years. This year 2 little granddaughters have joined us so I will be coloring my own hens eggs with natural dyes.

Mary Luce April 3rd, 2012

My eggs look like that! I think I’ll go ahead and color my own this year instead of getting the store eggs. Sounds like a plan!

Brandy April 3rd, 2012

I never realized that brown eggs would dye as well as white eggs. I will definitely be trying this. I do have one white egg layer in the mix, but as she is tiny so are her eggs.

Leronna April 3rd, 2012

Just LOVE the VIVID colors!!!! Thank You for showing us how it’s done!!!! :)

Renee henry April 3rd, 2012

It will be next spring before we can dye our very own brown eggs, so this year we borrowed fresh brown eggs from my parents . We just finished dyeing a dozen using food coloring and vinegar- I can’t get over these beautiful rich colors they are!

Teresa Fultz April 3rd, 2012

These are beautiful!

Donna April 3rd, 2012

Who knew that dyed brown eggs could be so pretty. Can’t wait to try it!!

Eloise Costea April 3rd, 2012

I never thought about dying brown eggs, but the color is gorgeous! I think I’ll be doing that this year, thanks for the tip!

Gwynn Gower April 3rd, 2012

I felt the same way about eating brown eggs versus white eggs! Then I started dating someone who spends everyday with chickens! He told differently…..I still eat the brown eggs and am excited to have read this article because me and my 15 year old still like to dye eggs together so this year we will be dippin’ brownies!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

I’ll probably order the ceramic holder anyway!!!

Sarah McNeal April 3rd, 2012

We’ve gotten into doing Ukrainian eggs this year, and we are also selling our chicken eggs to the Ukrainian Gift Shop.

Elke April 3rd, 2012

My favorite way to color eggs is boiling them in onion skins. The longer you boil them the darker, more rich the color, eventually getting to a rich mahogony color. When they’re cool I use a Dremel tool to etch designs on the shell which is surprisingly quick. Finally I rub a bit of olive oil over the shell to make them shiny.

michelle anders April 3rd, 2012

Thanks for the info! This is my first Easter with my Brown laying Chickens and I was wondering if I would be able to color there Eggs! Great not to have to buy the Yucky store bought eggs. Cant wait.

Elisa April 3rd, 2012

I love all the tips and now I can’t wait to dye my brown eggs!!!!!!

Lisa M April 3rd, 2012

SO awesome to know I can dye my brown eggs! Had no idea. :)

B Feryance April 3rd, 2012

I’ve used beet juice for a red, and turmeric for a yellow on brown eggs. They looked good, but chalky. The neat feature especially on the turmeric eggs, was that when they were cracked, all the cracks created a ‘wet design’ from moisture within the egg that was pretty unusual.

I’d love to have that ceramic egg thingy, thanks for a chance!

Karen Surprenant April 3rd, 2012

What awesome ideas! I’m definitely going to try the natural dyes!

Michelle Overby April 3rd, 2012

I will getting my chicks next week! Am so excited. …next year I look forward to having brown and either blue or green eggs to decorate with! Thanks for the lovely article. Keep up the good work. Happy Easter! p.s. would realy love to win a coup ;o)

Ilean Roberts-Hardy April 3rd, 2012

Years ago, my 5 kids used to pick 3 eggs each from 2-3 days of laid eggs. Each put a mark on their eggs then all eggs were cleaned and boiled. Once cool the kids all decorated their own eggs. Using anything they could find on the ranch. Once the egg was finished, they were placed into a covered basket. No one got to see the others eggs. Then all the eggs were placed on a easter decorated table with numbers on each egg. Everybody got a ballot and they had a closed (secret) vote on 3 different kinds…….Pretty, unique, and most resources used. The top 3 then got to pull straws for who got to hide eggs and who got to escort the yougest one for e.e. hunt. When gathering the eggs, no one was allowed to collect their own eggs. Once each found their 3 eggs, they would then go help the younger ones. Everyone had a part in it and was enjoyed so very much. Grandkids did a Easter Egg Hunt in the dark, for Plastic eggs filled with coins and bills with flashlights. That was fun as well!!
It says check to prove you are human, but there is no box!!!

Sybil Hoffon April 3rd, 2012

Great information! I will try dying brown eggs this year. I had no idea that I should let the eggs sit in the dye for that length of time. I always took them out after a couple of minutes.

Esther Widgren April 3rd, 2012

More than 50 years ago my father taught us to color eggs as they did on the farm in Europe where he grew up. We would carefully wrap our eggs in onion skins followed by cheesecloth and then boil the eggs. Makes me miss my Dad :-)

Stacy Countiss April 4th, 2012

Thank you for sharing the info on natural dyes! I have always used the Paas equivalent, but maybe I’ll try some of these ideas. I love to color my aracauna eggs with greens and blues, because they make such a deeper color. I usually use white or lighter brown eggs (in addition to the blues and greens) for coloring, because the dark browns don’t get as vibrant. I have never left eggs in for 15 minutes or more, though – usually my kids can’t stand to let them sit for more than a minute or two. I have learned many lessons from your post!! (the only fun thing I have done with coloring is to wrap leaves or panty hose around eggs for textured effect).

Kathy Anklowitz April 4th, 2012

I just recently bought my first dozen of chicks and I am very excited. I may not be able to dye their eggs this year but I will try the natural approach to some local farm fresh eggs. Thank You for the idea.

Penny April 4th, 2012

Currently all my chickens are white egg layers, but I have 15 on order from you right now that lay different shades of brown – and I also ordered 4 Easter Eggers :) I look forward to the variety of colored eggs from my flock!

Lisa April 4th, 2012

Have done the natural dye…really love the results. A few times I have wrapped each egg in onion skins, ties with thread or in cheesecloth. The skins right next to the shell produce a marbled effect…really cool. Dying brown and white this year!! Happy Easter!!

Torrie April 4th, 2012

We have always used Paas and white eggs in the past but I can’t wait to try the natural dye on brown eggs. This year I had to get some eggs from a friend since my girls are still too young to lay but next year it’s all up to them.

Kiernan April 4th, 2012

Can’t wait to color eggs with my little one for the first time! Next year we’ll have our own eggs to color, as we’ll be starting up our own brood, but this year we are using our neighbors eggs!

DeAnn Scabillonis April 4th, 2012

I cant keep eggs in the house to dye. Next year I will have to hide them

Amanda W April 4th, 2012

Our 4 kids are dyeing eggs for the first time this year. We are dyeing brown eggs with natural dye. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

Sarah L. April 5th, 2012

Thanks for sharing! We have 17 brown layers and I didn’t know we could use the brown eggs for coloring. Definitely going to give it a try.

Janetta Dobler April 5th, 2012

I love the natural color of our chicken’s eggs. They are all beautiful and a miracle in their own right. I have heard of using crepe paper to dye eggs, tho I have not yet tried it. Love your blog!!!

Brittany T. April 5th, 2012

I love dying my hen’s brown, blue, and white eggs every year! The colors are always vibrant and the same dye color produces very different results on each shell.There is something infinitely more festive about using eggs from hens in the backyard rather than store bought eggs.

Maria Y. April 5th, 2012

This will be my little girl’s first time dying eggs. Actually it will be all our first time dying eggs, especially as a family. We will be doing both white and brown eggs now that we know it’s possible to dye brown eggs. My little Princess doesn’t know we will be dying eggs for Easter so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her little face light up with excitement when we start prepping.

Jim April 5th, 2012

We’ll have to give your dying method a try this year.

Kimberly April 5th, 2012

We have 15 hens currently laying various shades of brown and pale green eggs here. I recently tried dying my eggs with silk neckties for the first time – they were fabulous!

Melanie April 6th, 2012

For me utilizing the egg completely is beautiful…feeding it to my kids, then adding the shell to our compost and knowing it all is used with gratitude. We can’t wait to have our own chicks this year! Using crayons to draw or dot or write on the eggs before using the natural coloring is another unique and beautiful way to color eggs. The kids love to turn eggs into art by crushing the shells and using them in painting and craft projects.

Laura Otte April 6th, 2012

We always used PAAS egg coloring kits when I was a kid. Loved dying Easter eggs. And I was like the only kid who loved to actually eat the hard boiled eggs

Kendall April 6th, 2012

We love doing the blown eggs or dying the eggs :)

Angela April 6th, 2012

Every year I do the traditional food dye and vinigar :) We will do that again this year, some years we have bought the cool kits from the store but I feel that regular food dye seems to work the brightest colors, I would love to try different natural dye :)

Rebecca Nickols April 6th, 2012

Great post with lots of wonderful, usable info! Thanks :)

Khristi April 6th, 2012

I am such a sucker for colored eggs. I have a pretty colorful egg basket as it is (thanks in part to MPC and their chocolate egg chicks giveaway last year) but I still need blues/greens to complete my color circle. This year at least, I will have to depend on dyes for the beautiful hues I seek.. Happy Easter everyone!

britny garcia April 6th, 2012

We’re going to steam our eggs (thanks for the tip, Fresh Eggs daily!) this year and use natural dyes. Can’t wait to see how they come out! :)

Katherine Jackson April 6th, 2012

Thanks for the tip on dying brown eggs!!! We got 8 brown egg laying hens 2 months ago and bought 4 three week old chicks eailer this week. My son is excited to dye his eggs this year!! We are going to steam our eggs this year. I have never seen this method before. We are looking forward to getting some green egg layers in years to come. Thanks for all the great info!

Lisa April 6th, 2012

Love them all! Vibrant Paas colors, natural dyes but my favorite is the natural egg color!

Anna Kessler April 6th, 2012

My favorite way is either natural in an Easter basket or old school food color with vinager.
Would love to win the beautiful egg holder – beats the basket I keep them in.

Wan-Chi Punga April 6th, 2012

what a fun article!! coloring eggs is so much fun. I love patterns so I take paint brushes and flick them close to the egg and it makes pretty spots of all different colors on the eggs. never thought to try coloring with brown eggs! will have to try that this year :)

sarah walker April 6th, 2012

I ended up buying white eggs this year but now I’m wishing I’d acquired brown! The earthier tones are much more appealing. This has really inspired me to jump into doing vegetable dyes. Last year we used a special kit but usually we do a little wax resist action with crayons & food dye. We blow them out so afterwards I put different kinds of ribbons through the holes and string them up with beads. Inexpensive festive decor with memories attached!

CarolHS April 6th, 2012

The hen colored eggs are certainly beautiful! We’ve just started our backyard flock, and are so excited!

Bwahaha! “Please check to prove you are human.” I thought you meant to spell check the email address, until I got the error message. :)

Kathy April 7th, 2012

We let the hens do the coloring. :O)

Nicholas Bennett April 7th, 2012

i would love win this for my mom she love it to put her colored eggs in :)

Dee Gooch April 7th, 2012

My ladies have just started laying all sorts of colors (we have young Americaunas) So I’m getting brown, white, cream, green, pink and blue!

Kristen April 7th, 2012

We are actually all set to dye our store bought white eggs (saving the backyard eggs for other things) because I figured my 6 year old would prefer them (we did do a test dye a few years back with a friend’s eggs). One of these years though I want to try the natural dyed eggs.

Judy Jacobs April 7th, 2012

We have used the “kit” method, the natural colorings (onion skins, leaves, cabbage, butternuts and beets, among other items), as well as wrapping rubber bands and the string from feed bags around the shells to resist dye. If you rub crayons or candles on the eggs before dipping, the colors will not fully penetrate the waxed areas, so you can make designs, initials, whatever you like on the eggs.

Next week I’m bringing eggs to the annual meeting of our volunteer free radio station here in Majestic Middle Tennessee. The girls’ treasures would look beautiful in one of your racks.

Tina Anderson April 7th, 2012

My extent of egg art is through cooking! I can whip up a tasty dish…but arts and crafts evade me! :)

Alyssa April 7th, 2012

I love the range of hues that our chickens produce when they lay their eggs. And I have to say, I was really surprised at how beautiful the eggs turned out last year when dyed with traditional Paas coloring. I totally agree about the beauty of the muted colors of brown eggs versus the stark, brightness of white eggs. I would love to (but still haven’t) colored my eggs with natural dyes and most likely won’t get to it before Easter this year. Doesn’t mean I won’t give it a shot, though. Maybe that would make a fun weekend seminar for our CSA families…

Thanks for this great article!

tina April 7th, 2012

Ahhh…. THAT’s why they call them Easter Eggers!

RACHEL April 7th, 2012

i would this to display my hens beautiful natural colored eggs

Eva Snyder April 7th, 2012

This will be the first year to ever be able to dye our own eggs let alone their brown… It will be exciting :)

Mary April 7th, 2012

I have been giving out easter baskets of ‘fresh’ easter eggs to everyone’s delight without changing a thing! They are perfect the way they are. If I do dye them with my granddaughter, it will be with the natural dyes.

Debbie Frey April 7th, 2012

Very excited for Easter egg dying this year…. Our first year with our chickens and eggs! And they are brown so all will be an experience :)

Kait April 7th, 2012

We have a few easter-eggers that are laying the most beautiful blue eggs this year (they were more green before their molt). So we don’t even need to color them :)

Dana April 7th, 2012

Last evening my nieces and I had a wonderful time coloring my backyard fresh eggs using Wilton gel pastes, typically used in cake decorating. To a Cup of water we added a full Tablespoon of vinegar, about a 1/4 tsp. of gel (or more) and stirred. We dyed dark Marans eggs, Ameraucana and Araucana eggs, Salmon Faverolles and Light Sussex eggs. What fun to see every egg turn out differently depending on what color egg we dipped in which color! The longer they sat, the more saturated the color was.
I particularly enjoyed using the Wilton gels because they come in a huge variety of colors. It gives me so many ideas for decorating eggs for different seasons or occasions. I’m going to blow out my eggs and make hanging ornaments next!

Kelly April 7th, 2012

So how do you actually dye the eggs using natural products? Do you take the unboiled egg and boil them in say the cabbage to get them hard boiled or do you do something else? I am a little confused on this part. Would love to try the natural method if I had a bit more information.

Joan Cerio April 7th, 2012

Poke holes in ends of egg – one very small the other a bit larger – mouth over small end – blow out egg contents into a bowl, decorate with paint or markers – use blown out contents for cooking.

beth tally April 7th, 2012

THANK YOU!! I have NEVER thought to color my brown eggs but they can be beautiful!!! Wanted to try natural dyes but kids were never that patient.I usually use cake decorating dye because i always have it on hand, but thanks to you next year its gonna be all natural for us and we are using BROWN eggs!!!!

Carrie Ann Lucas April 7th, 2012

I am leavign my colors au natural this year. My easter eggers have given me nice green and blue eggs, and I love the brown colors that I have.

Kaytie April 7th, 2012

I’ve always wondered about dying brown eggs – and you are right, I love the “earthy” tones they create instead of the unnatural ones from white eggs. I will definitely have to try the natural dyes (have always relied on PAAS myself).

We love to do egg-blowing (where you blow out the white/yolk – and use it for baking) before dying eggs… Then we can use them as decor that can last year after year, and not worry about peeling and eating all the eggs we want to dye.

Gayle in Texas April 7th, 2012

We carefully packed and shipped a dozen of our beautiful Easter Eggers’ eggs to family in Oregon. Aunt Joan carefully cut open her’s to make omlettes, then just as carefully, she glued the shells back together and has them displayed in her house with her Easter decorations!

Beth Norman April 7th, 2012

One of these years I’m going to try the natural dyes. When I was growing up, I used to take eggs from our birds and blow them out. I’d wash them out really well and then create my own Jello eggs for Easter. It was pretty neat on Easter morning to peel a colored egg and find it filled with vibrant Jello.

abby April 7th, 2012

I cant wait to dye eggs with my kids tonight

Donna Archambault April 7th, 2012

This year we used the Greek Egg Dye on some and we also blew out some eggs and wrapped them in vintage kimono silk and boiled them. The Kimono fabric gave the eggs a nice design. We then sprayed them with clear coat, we will have these pretty eggs for years.

Brooke Williams April 7th, 2012

I am brand new to pet chickens! I just got 6 chicks and I can’t wait to experience all of this! Hopefully I will have some beautiful Hen colored eggs this time next year!

Kris April 7th, 2012

All your egg pics are so adorable! Thanks for the offer of a ceramic egg tray giveaway. So nice of you!

Bev Seymour April 7th, 2012

This year I went totally un traditional! I did not boil nor color my eggs! I put together Easter Baskets with all the different colors that my hens lay! Not one egg looked like another in the basket and they looked beautiful with all the chocolates and candies around them

Julie Fossum April 7th, 2012

I love the natural egg colors my girls lay~if I wanted to color their beautiful eggs natural dyes is my favorite choice.

Sarah McNeal April 7th, 2012

I like the brown eggs dyed better than the white eggs dyed as well.

Andrea Krehbiel April 7th, 2012

I didn’t think twice about dying brown eggs since they came out of my backyard, so why bother to buy the white ones? I really liked the way the colors came out. Did it again this year! Showed a blue one to one of my chickie girls and she didn’t know what to think of it.

Alex April 7th, 2012

Use a straw to blow dye on eggs.
Old toothbrushes will flick spots on eggs.
Color egg with light dye, then Decorate eggs with crayons or wax. Dip in Darker color dye, let dry. Now put egg in hot water to get wax off. Tada, two colored egg.

melissa martinez April 7th, 2012

My grandma would use like a texturizing method..haha..she would use eggshells and dye them and have the eggs roll on them to stick.

KathySadge April 7th, 2012

The natural dye & natural color are both beautiful. I didn’t get to read all (+570) comments but two ways we have decorated eggs is 1) place lace over the egg and spray paint using white. 2) we would blow the egg out, spray them with pastel colors (or leave natural) and then hand paint little flowers/scenery on them, add ribbon & make an easter egg tree.

Laura Spinale April 7th, 2012

This post was very inspiring. As soon as my daughters give me grandchildren I will have to turn this into a family tradition . Now I am off to read about making proper hardboiled eggs :)

Kar0lee April 7th, 2012

We dyed our eggs a few days ago, but after reading this, I am about to go boil some of our brown eggs and color them later. We like to use the simple food coloring method. Wa also wrap some rubber bands around them befor putting them in the dye…when we take the bands off it leaves a nice striped pattern.

Paula Langhorst April 7th, 2012

I love to draw pictures on the eggs. Now I will try some of the ways posted here!!

Sandy April 7th, 2012

My eggs are perfect just how my hens lay them! Many different colors!

Amy O Fisher April 7th, 2012

We are looking forward to dyeing our feathered girl’s delicious eggs! My husband is looking forward, however, to the deviled eggs afterwards lol.

Jade Banks April 7th, 2012

A beautiful way to decorate your easter eggs is to wrap them in a silk tie followed by an old piece of cotton pillow case or cotton fabric. Boil them like you normally would, and then let them cool in a bowl of vinegar. The pattern from the silk tye will transfer to your eggs! It’s fairly cheap if you find tie’s at the thrift store, and it makes a great centerpiece on Easter Day!

Gabrielle W. April 7th, 2012

I love my hens eggs just the way they lay them! Blue, greenish, tan, white, brown……I’d love to like the egg holder!

Helen F. April 7th, 2012

I like the all natural look! They are very pretty! Since my son and his wife have no children…I tell everyone I have a dog, asstd cats, and chickens for grandkids!

Elsbeth April 7th, 2012

What an informative article! Thanks so much, I am going to try this at home as the colors you have shown are really supper lovely. Out to the coop I go to gather some up to dye!

Cassie Barnett April 7th, 2012

Getting ready to boil right now! Will post pics hopefully!

joan taylor April 7th, 2012

I used our colored eggs and gel dye and the liquid food coloring. They are beautiful. Deep blue, burnt orange, goldenrod….. We have never had such pretty eggs.

Barbara S April 7th, 2012

Great Article!! I used to draw/write on the eggs with my white Crayola crayon before coloring to add personal artwork or messages!!! High tech back then!

Kasi F. April 7th, 2012

I love to dye eggs with my kids. We like to do the little dye pellets. But next year we will hopefully have green or blue eggs thanks to the two girls we got today!!!!

Cheryl Lindsay April 7th, 2012

Looking forward to experimenting with some new colors this year on our variety of brown color eggs!! My daughter is 11 so hopefully patient for the longer soaks!! :)

Dawn April 7th, 2012

This is the first Easter that we’ve had fresh eggs, the girls began to lay in December. Love the idea of using natural dyes, might try that next time. :) Keep up all the great work!

Vickie A April 7th, 2012

I have 2 Easter Eggers, a Buff Orphington and a Jersey Giant hen and they lay wonderful shades of colors! My BO lays a pinkish hued brown egg, the EEs lay blueish green and my JG lays light brown speckled eggs! I have at least 4 dozen ready to be colored and deviled….can’t wait to try the food dye way! I always used the Paas kits growing up but am now branching out in my older age!

Vermontsolar April 7th, 2012

Easter eggers are by far the most exciting way to get colored eggs – bantams are a good size for grandbabies.

Dawn Levis April 7th, 2012

I am boiling two dozen of my own backyard eggs as I write this. I am trying the baking soda trick so they peel easier. I am not coloring them this year. I am going to put them in a basket with some filler so they look like they were just layed! I just love this site!

Ruth Blough April 7th, 2012

I loved the vibrant colors you guys created. I also loved the natural colors that the chickens make themselves. What chicken lays pink eggs????

Lissa April 7th, 2012

Ruth, my Faverolles lay a pinkish egg, sort of a rosy tan color. Easter Eggers can also lay pink eggs. EEs can lay any color egg, but they’re usually shades of blue or green rather than pink. My EEs all lay blue or green, except for one girl who lays a very pretty parchment or cream colored egg. Both Faverolles and EEs are fun varieties to keep!

Kathie Daviau April 7th, 2012

Thank you for the chance to win a great prize. I love your site; almost everything I have learned from chickens, I have read here!

Christina April 7th, 2012

We just got our first batch of chicks today. So no eggs to try these cool tricks on. I will save for next year though. I love the color of the eggs that sat in the Paas for 15 minutes!

My kids are older and my nephew is out of town, so this is first year we haven’t dyed eggs:(

Marypaxton April 7th, 2012

I am doing a mix of both to see if anyone notices the difference. I think it will be cool to pull a fast one on my sister! She’s the traditional white egg grocery store type and I think the brown eggs will prove to be prettier.

Wensday April 7th, 2012

Love it, we dyed our backyard chicken eggs even the EE eggs to see what color they woudl turn and they were all so pretty, my husband was kind of upset that I hard boiled so many eggs! He likes to eat them fried. haha

Barbara G April 8th, 2012

You can make beautiful eggs by cooking them in an onion skin bath. Fill a big pot with the skins, add 1/2 cup vinegar, and simmer eggs slowly ’til the desired color.

karyn patrick April 8th, 2012

I just did 2 dozen in beets juice and they turned out so pretty I may never eat them.I also try blueberry juice and wow did they come out beautiful so much prettier than any stores bought dyes.I can’t wait to try green tea.

cindy bowman April 8th, 2012

I never have dyed brown eggs before but i plan on trying this year i love the colors.

Holly R April 8th, 2012

Now that the kids are all grown up & just let my hens do any coloring that will take place. : )

Joe April 8th, 2012

I have always enjoyed the eggs from our own chickens. I never realized you could use th ecommercial dyes to color the brown eggs! Of course, I have a variety of breeds of hens, including Americanas, so they are coored already!

Margie April 8th, 2012

So many good ideas here! It seems chicken folk are a generous, creative bunch. We will be dying our eggs later. Can’t wait to try out my girls’ eggs.

Carin April 8th, 2012

We colored our first batch of our chickens’ eggs. We used food color dye and left some natural. I can’t wait to display them for our guest this afternoon. I hope our EE is laying for next Easter (molting). Bailey has beautiful blue/green eggs that don’t need any improvement on our end.

Kim Adriano April 8th, 2012

All my kids are teenagers now and not so interested in dyeing eggs anymore, It makes me sad. But we have four baby chics to start getting our own eggs now. I’m very excited, and I want to try dyeing the brown eggs as well. I never thought about that. The colors are great!

wendy April 8th, 2012

My parents current group of hens lay such pretty eggs in a variety of colors we couldn’t bring ourselves to dye them. As a kid I thought the natural dyes were more fun always a DIY person.

PamJWM April 8th, 2012

My favourite method is #3!!! I want to have a variety of egg colours. I think that’s the most beautiful.

Julie April 8th, 2012

They are beautiful! Happy Easter!

Ande Sullivan April 8th, 2012

We dyed some light brown eggs from our girls this year and they turned out pretty cool. The best part was the kids trying to figure out which dyes would woked best. Did 3 dozen and had the greatest time!!!

Barbara Rickard April 8th, 2012

Wow! Never even considered dyeing my brown eggs! Duh! Who would have thought? I am getting ready to do just that, color my brown eggs using some of your ideas. Thanks!

Christine April 8th, 2012

I’ve always used the regular tablet dye kit but I am dye-ing (sorry! :D) to use the gel food coloring that I have. Sixteen different shades in a rainbow of colors? I may be coloring eggs after Easter! Thanks for a wonderful blog!

Maureen April 8th, 2012

Fabulous post! I grew up with Paas too, but I prefer methods 2 & 3 now! Love my chickens and the color of their eggs really can’t be beat. This year we invited another family over to show them how to use natural dyes. We used beets, red onions, yellow onions, turmeric , red cabbage and blueberries. The magic of seeing red cabbage dye blue/green was so much fun. Mother nature always does it best. Thanks for posting!

Yess April 8th, 2012

Brahmas are
my
favorite chickens :) and I would LOVE a ceramic egg carton!

Brenda Rother April 8th, 2012

I love all the beautiful colors of eggs in the article. I had no idea that brown eggs could be colored until I read it here! :) The kids are going to love our chickens even more now! Happy Easter everyone!

Carol Saucier April 8th, 2012

I, too love my EE blue and green eggs, they are so pretty mixed with my RIR, Dominque and BCM eggs. Such a colorful basket and my 4 yr old neigbor loves them. He cals them” Issac eggs.” Of course his name is Issac. No more white eggs for me.

Bilfish April 8th, 2012

I cannot wait until my barred rock hens start to lay! I want to color brown eggs! I will use Kool-aid to color them. It works so well!

Jean Murray April 8th, 2012

Love my naturally colored eggs!

Autumn Thompson April 8th, 2012

My favorite egg art is blowing the eggs, decorating with dyes, paints, and/or beads. Adding some string and i’ve got a beautiful egg ornament. Awesome to do for Christmas too!

Gina Brown April 8th, 2012

Love your ideas!

kaytee April 8th, 2012

Can’t wait until we have chickens! We’ve been buy “organic” eggs (brown), but even they aren’t as good as “homegrown”, free range eggs!

Andi Lucia April 8th, 2012

We love coloring eggs with silk ties. They always look so beautiful and different.

Amy April 8th, 2012

I like the more earthy colors produced by dying the brown eggs too. I didn’t think the dye would show through with the brown and planned to by white for dying. Thank you for the photo showing the way the colors turn out! I’m excited to do those now instead!!

Amy Kehoe April 8th, 2012

I am just loving this site! Many of the blogs are helpful, fun, and timely. The photos in the site are gorgeous too. Can you tell I’m a chicken nerd? Lol. I use the natural dye techniques for my fiber as well. The colors always come out…well, natural.

Arden Goewert April 8th, 2012

Dyed my own eggs for the first time this year. I like the deeper colors. The bantam eggs are so cute.

Christine Rocca-Shenal April 8th, 2012

I can’t wait to dye my eggs today!!!!!!!

Lisa Breton April 8th, 2012

Love all the info I can read. I only like to read about hobbies I am interested in. Chickens being one of them. As to eggs I am trying oh natural dyes…vegetables. They turned out great.

Susan Brown April 8th, 2012

When my kids were little they used to get upset because we had “Easter Egg”hens and no need to color eggs like all their friends got to,lol…Now I have Isa Browns and love them and the eggs dye well,along with a few Silky girls for mini eggs that the grandkids get a big kick out of!!

alyssa April 8th, 2012

This year we kept it simple as we were dying eggs with a 2 year old!

Jessica April 8th, 2012

This is lovely! We used purple cabbage to dye our eggs this year and they turned out great! We’re natural dye converts.

Veronica April 8th, 2012

I love the natural dyes – the colors are so interesting! I love doing crayon wax resists on eggs. I’ll sometime write secret messages on white eggs with white crayon and hand it to a family member to dye. It’s fun!

Amy April 8th, 2012

I like the colors the hens provide us with!

Laurie April 8th, 2012

Great ideas, can’t wait to try dying my chocolate, blue, and green eggs to see what colors they turn out. I am sure this will be my new favorite way to dye my eggs

Kristy April 8th, 2012

I love the natural ideas of dyeing eggs! I will try that next Easter instead if the store bought method. Very informative article :)

Brenda April 8th, 2012

they are so beauuuutiful happy Easter every one. hope I win.

Laura Jenkins April 8th, 2012

Loved the pictures with the natual dyes….we usually leave the eggs their natural colors…we have a mixed flock…easter eggers, welsummers, marans and lots of brown eggs layers so our basket of eggs each day is beautiful just by itself. I still love teaching people about the joys of keeping your own chickens. Just yesterday the gal across the street brought one of her friends by…she just couldn’t believe the beautiful blue egg our hen Tulip laid…she was amazed.

Theresa N. Bellflower April 8th, 2012

I love the natural ideas. My boys are older now and they don’t want to dye eggs anymore :’0(. All my old traditions are dying out. I might have to adopt some younger kids or wait for my grandkids.

Paula Wambold April 8th, 2012

My favorite way to dye eggs is with family!

Ozark Homesteader April 8th, 2012

My favorite way to decorate eggs is to double-dye with wax (crayon) resist in between. Dye the egg once and let it dry. Then draw on it with a neutral-colored crayon. The dye again, either in a different coordinating color or deeper in the same color. Your drawing will let the original color show through the second dye.

Chris KG April 8th, 2012

Thanks for the egg info, I thought I had to buy white eggs too ! But my girls lay such a pretty variety of tans & browns (one blue). I think I will stay with their natural colors

Adrienne April 8th, 2012

I’m not dyeing eggs this year since I won’t be home, but I think this method using silk ties looks awesome. I might blow out some shells and try it just to make some decorative eggs.
http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/03/silk-dyed-eggs-aka-tie-dyed/

Shanandoah April 8th, 2012

I love dying eggs just with regular food colouring because of the ease of it, but also because if I crack the eggs after they’re boiled and then dye them I can make tye-dyed deviled eggs, which is always a hit at Easter dinner! Also, if I’m feeling in a particularly artsy mood, sometimes I’ll hand paint an egg, or use duct tape to cover portions before dying for a more unique look.

Susan April 8th, 2012

I love dying eggs with the grandkids, makes me feel young again.

Michelle Small April 8th, 2012

My chicks aren’t here yet but so anxious for them and sure we will be dyeing their eggs next Easter!! Happy Easter!

Dena April 8th, 2012

I go for the natural now, with children we did use the Paas.

Carol April 8th, 2012

I love dyeing our home laid eggs They already come in pink, green, blue, light brown and dark brown. When dyed they all turn out different! I have to laugh though when we dye our brown eggs in the yellow dye because they turn out, well, brown. Happy Easter!

Irene fernandez April 8th, 2012

I love all the different color eggs my girls lay. I colored some of the light beige bantie eggs with the juice from a jar of pickled beets!

Tonnyo Wright April 8th, 2012

With the varity of hens I have, I get an assortment of natural colors. No dyeing needed.

Summer Macon April 8th, 2012

I like to use crayons to draw special messages or scenes for my little brother to find. When you stick the eggs in dye after using the crayon, it pops the oils in the crayon out in a beautiful way!

L Kelly April 8th, 2012

I prefer the au naturale shade of eggs, for at our house we observe Passover. However, as a child I would join the neighbors for egg dying and I remember, as you do, the bright colors and my hands turning all shades as well.

I may have to try the organic method, just to say that I died eggs as a grown-up…my niece and nephew would adore me for it. ;)

Gina Wheeler April 8th, 2012

I just began raising chickens. I bought my first chicks on March 30th. I love reading the information on your sight. Thank you for sharing your experiences it helps a great deal.

michelle davis April 8th, 2012

Happy Easter! We have always liked to write messages on our eggs with crayon before dying them… people’s names, draw a flower or happy face, etc. Not all the eggs but a few. I did it when I was a kid and have passed it down to my guys.

Suzi April 8th, 2012

Beet powder makes a beautiful pink dye…but my Araucanas do most of the coloring for me…

Art Mama April 8th, 2012

I silk dyed eggs from our bantams this year (if you want to take a peek I posted pics here http://artmamasays.blogspot.com/2012/04/silk-dyed-eggs.html) I have been reading more and more often about natural dyes, so I think I want to try that next.

Dianne April 8th, 2012

I grew up on a farm and we would dye eggs, hunt them, then eat them. Swore I would never live on a farm when I grew up but guess what. After a turn in the city I am back on the farm with my own flock that I share with 3 roosters. All my chickens were rescued after being thrown away by my neighbors who got tired of them and “set them free” in the forest. Now they are mine and I love fooling with them. Happy Easter to all, hope the bunny was good to you.

Karen Wood April 8th, 2012

Such pretty pretty pictures, and I would love to win the egg rack.

Jesse Mahsman April 8th, 2012

My cousin and I colored eggs for the first time in about 5 years last night! We used a dozen store bought eggs and two dozen of my hens eggs. My hens eggs turned out picture perfect! It was the most fun I’ve had in quite a while!

GLENDA TADLOCK April 8th, 2012

Fresh eggs are great any way you use them. They make wonderful dyed eggs. i like just the simple colors with the different natural colrs of the eggs changing them.

Jenna Bristol April 8th, 2012

Loved this! My kids and I are one year into chicken ownership, and we were wondering how we could dye brown eggs. We all love the idea of the natural food dyes! Our favorite egg art so far was giving blown eggs as Christmas ornaments to all our friends and family.

GLENDA TADLOCK April 8th, 2012

What a great way to use some of you fresh eggs. Dye them in the pinks, blues, greens, reds, etc., and wait to see what colr they will turn out to be.

Danae Grigsby April 8th, 2012

We dye eggs throughout the year as a rainy day activity. We use brown eggs and McCormick NEON food coloring. Have no fear, dyed brown eggs will not become neon shades. The shells will be beautiful, rich, and sophisticated colors like slate blue, copper, and moss. The kids even layer the colors by putting them in one color bath and then another.

Tiffiany April 8th, 2012

My mother-in law had the problems of peeling her fresh eggs to make potato salad, so much that she got frustrated and squished one of the uncooperative devils in her hand. Lol, so I’ll be letting her know about the baking soda tip, to save her from a nervous breakdown , LOL. Thank you and Happy Easter

deborah plessinger April 8th, 2012

Ok, I will comment! I like to just take food coloring and a paint brush and then just paint flowers and such on the eggs. It is more intense color then the vinegar dip.

Jodi April 8th, 2012

What beautifully coloured eggs. Great site with great info!

Patricia April 8th, 2012

Didn’t know brown egg could be dyed. We use food coloring and sharpies for more detail on our eggs

susan April 8th, 2012

Well, I was hoping for our first egg on Easter morning. And no one in the house even played a practical joke on me by putting one in the nesting box! Alas, we’ll have to wait and color our own eggs next year. We dabble in pysanky, the Ukranian egg decorating technique. Never tried it with brown eggs, but with our own eggs next year I’ll give it a try.

Joy Bader April 8th, 2012

My kids like to paint the eggs, no matter what color they are to begin with. We always finish with loads of glitter too!

Lynne April 8th, 2012

My children are grown but I had the delight of doing egg’s with my grandson…… We used eggs from the hens. Had fun seeing the different color results from the different egg’s. We have many types of hens and egg’s of many colors. So What color of natural shell will make what bright color when you die it. He had so much fun. We ended up doing 3 dozen eggs. even a duck egg. Then he choose the colors he liked the most and took a bakers dozen home with him… His favorite was the duck egg…. He is saving it….

Richele Gudmunson April 8th, 2012

Beautiful eggs! My favorite way is Paas, but thats just how I grew up. We didn’t have enough eggs from our hens yet this year so we had to color eggs from the store. Every day we are getting more eggs today we got 6, I was so excited, I feel like a little girl on an easter egg hunt every time I go out to the coop!

bradyn ford April 8th, 2012

I Love to dye easter eggs this would help A LOT !!!!!! :) thanks

sandi April 8th, 2012

We just got our baby chicks, so we will need a reusable egg carton soon! Maybe this one!

Heidi April 8th, 2012

All the pics of the eggs are lovely. However, I love the natural eggs with the green and blues of the Easter Egger hens. That is why I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new flock, expected to arrive at our readied and waiting nursery in about twenty one days!!! Can’t wait! We are expecting one little Easter Egger in our new clan. My nesting urges have begun! Can’t wait to see our new peeps! We haven’t told their sisters yet. Waiting for the “right” moment. :)

Danielle B. April 8th, 2012

Ooh, tumeric and beet juice. wonderful ideas! love coloring the brown eggs!

Kathleen W. April 8th, 2012

We love dying our mixed eggs. Since we have white, cream, pinkish, light brown, medium brown, green and blue we get really interesting results. This year my daughter had two egg kits. One was standard egg dye but came with glitter and the other was “candy apple” dye that came out very shiny after she painted it on the eggs. She used the glitter on both types of eggs. Bad thing about the glitter kit – it has a “magic glitter stickem” or some such silly named stuff basically dried glue that you have to mix with water then dip eggs in before putting in glitter. The glue gunk took the dye right off the first egg we dipped in it. Had to figure out how to make that not happen to the rest. Finally worked out the kinks and the kiddo had fun so alls well that ends well and all that jazz.

Liz April 8th, 2012

Love your post! this was my first year using my own chickens egg for dying and they turned out great! we used a store bought kit that had you place the egg in a spinner that my 1 and 2 year old could easily push a button on to make it spin and color the egg. we then glittered the eggs. they turned out great and the kids had fun too!

R. Erich Telsch April 8th, 2012

Natural dyes work well with a variety of artist inclinations, such as egg netting, variants of tie dying wraps, seaweed encasement, grass and flower pedal adherents, and the old standby of using vegetables to make stamps, and coarse sugars to add rolled texture. Varying grits of sandpaper and emory cloth can create startling effects when abrasion is strategically placed. Thinking outside the egg carton will yield abundant smiles.

Heather April 8th, 2012

Can’t wait to try coloring my girls’ eggs!

Heather D April 8th, 2012

I sure wish I saw this page yesterday. Tried to figure out what to do with my deviled eggs and I ended up dying the yolks 4 different colors with food coloring. We had green, blue, pink, and purple yolks!

anke byrne April 8th, 2012

My hens did the job for me this year: Ameraucaner = blue, easter egger= green, Marans = super dark brown, Cochins= pink….

Lacey H April 8th, 2012

When I was younger, we always used Paas. I recently tried Wilton’s icing colors and the colors were beautiful.

Arlene ODell April 9th, 2012

We are just starting out, and I’m so excited!!!

Sandra April 9th, 2012

My chicks arrive next week, I can’t wait!

Jayne April 9th, 2012

Love leaving the eggs natural – all colors!

Judy April 9th, 2012

I don’t have my chicken’s yet. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on to prepare for them. Your site has been so helpful! Thanks!

Pam Seitz April 9th, 2012

When my children were little we tried different store bought kits and drawing on the eggs with crayons before dying. I always end up going back to lining up tea cups and filling them with boiling water, vinegar & food coloring. My mother taught me that way, as I have now taught my daughter. I do like the color of the natural dyes though and have to try that next time :) What a fun subject just in time for Spring :>

Katie April 9th, 2012

Just got our first chicks and can’t wait til they’re laying! We love to blow the centers out of the eggs before coloring them so that we can keep the prettiest eggs year after year

Angela April 9th, 2012

Love the easter-eggers. I love the surprise of what color eggs you will get each day and how beautiful they are. I like to use a white crayon to write words and decorate the eggs with pictures before putting in eggs in the dye.

Marilyn H. April 9th, 2012

Brown eggs are beautiful by themselves!

Sherry Raines April 9th, 2012

Help! I live in a house with all guys and anything girlie or cute is scoffed at. I miss my daughter. She loved all things Easter! Now it’s bring on the FOOD! Those beautiful eggs warmed my heart to memories of her. I love my guys but miss my girl.

Jennifer S April 10th, 2012

I love the eggs no matter what color but my little one sure loves to do them up!!

Susan C April 10th, 2012

We just got our chicks last week -just before Easter. We’re so excited to own “Fiona, Guinevere, Buttercup, Giselle, Chiquita, and Adele,” and can’t wait to see what kinds of eggs they lay -in a few months! :)

Melanie Hanna April 11th, 2012

I Love creating the Speckled egg look. Flick a tooth brush with a shade darker color onto pre dyed egg. Gloves to protect your Manicure!

Spencer Knight April 11th, 2012

I love the easter egger for my colored eggs.They are cool and easy for colored eggs

Alex April 11th, 2012

When you are ready to color eggs. Put a few drops of oil in the color bath. This coats part of the eggs when they drop in and that are will not get colored. It makes for some very interesting color patterns.

Phyllis Wells April 11th, 2012

I remember my mom getting the Paas kit out and I was ready and willing to help color eggs. We even colored duck eggs one year for my little sister. She was so funny when she found those eggs.

Claudia M Hill April 12th, 2012

Love your ideas on how to color eggs for Easter! we’re raising chickens for the first time, and we are loving it! we have 5 pullets, they are just a few weeks old (like 4- 5 weeks old) so we won’t have lovely eggs until the Fall,but I will try some of this ideas next Spring! thanks for posting! :)

Leila Bolster April 12th, 2012

Learning how to die eggs with natural dies was fascinating. We have over 70 chickens, and they are all large brown egg layers according to the hatcheries where we got the chicks, but these red star and black star hens lay everything from pale pink to peach, to tan to brown to dark brown to spotted eggs, and one lays an egg with a stripe of lighter color around the middle. We love the color variety so much we are raising some americauna chicks hatched from green and blue green and olive colored eggs in hopes of getting more variety in our hatch. What I notice that people on our egg delivery route never complain about the price, the quality or colors of our eggs. Mostly they are interested in the flavor. Every tried dying quail eggs? They are gorgeous!!

Michelle Benge April 13th, 2012

I’m a new chicken mom. I haven’t dyed eggs since my kids were little, but can’t wait to dye my own. I’ve actually have 12 chickens, 2 ducks and 5 turkeys now. I’m looking forward to all the eggs this fall! Love your site, watched you on CNN.

Audri C. April 25th, 2012

I would love to win the egg holder, i was thinking about getting a ceramic one any ways and painting chickens on it!!! (and I am CERTAINLY going to dye eggs and post it on my pet chicken on Facebook if i win!) I defiantly have enough Buff orphingtons and Black copper maran hens to overflow the egg holder in a day~ so it will get used :) THANKS

Gary Newlen May 1st, 2012

great article its always great to find natural ways of doing things, why not use hamade dye with homemade eggs? seems to be an obvious connection.

Aurelia June 18th, 2012

I am going to try natural dye next year

Ella March 10th, 2013

Your naturally dyed eggs are GORGEOUS! We too keep hens in our city backyard – they’re fabulous! Gotta love ‘farm fresh eggs’ on a daily basis. My question though – seems silly – but where did you get your little green pot (Featured in the photos above)? It’s adorable. We use a pot rack – so this would be a lovely addition to it.
Thanks! Stumbled upon your blog – I think you have a new follower!

Lissa March 11th, 2013

Oh, thanks, Ella! The green pot was a flea market find. I wish I could find a whole set of them, too: they’re so cute!

R.M. Wilson March 29th, 2013

I’m going to color eggs for the first time in a LONG time. My daughter-in-law asked me to make Italian Easter Bread for (it’s also her birthday) our Spring Dinner on Sunday. I am going to try the KoolAid method and see how that goes. I think I can! I love the look of all of your eggs. You take great pics!

Jennifer March 29th, 2013

natural dye: straight from the fluffy butts!

Linda Cubbison March 29th, 2013

Beautiful eggs for a beautiful season !

Claire March 29th, 2013

As a child my mom and I used Pass. I don’t really dye eggs nowdays, but last year I was so intrigued by the silk transfer method I had to give it a go, it was lovely.

Laurie March 29th, 2013

Thanks for the wonderful suggestions for coloring eggs. I can’t wait to see how they work on my eggs. I have easter eggers, marans, and regular brown and white eggs

Marla March 29th, 2013

This will be my first year to dye my own eggs. I have 12 girls and they lay various shades of brown and white, 10-12 eggs per day I also have ducks that are laying and my granddaughters requested their eggs. This year I plan on using food color, especially some of the neons that are out there and if I can find some silk ties I hope to try that method also.

Judy March 30th, 2013

We had a great time cutting up old neckties and wrapping them around the eggs and placing them in vinegar. (It’s a little more complicated than that, but you can google it). The results were unlike anything we’ve done before (in a good way).

Jim Whittaker April 2nd, 2013

We have got to try this and we’re not waiting until next Easter. Maybe we’ll start a new Memorial Day tradition! :-)

Vivian April 5th, 2013

Even though our kids are in their late teens, we still enjoy coloring eggs! We use crayon and rubber bands for design. We just got our chicks so we’ll look forward to their Easter eggs in the spring to dye. Thanks!

CH May 3rd, 2013

May I use the first photo on this page (gradient of six eggs in a carton) as the background image for a blog I am starting?

Lissa May 3rd, 2013

Our photos are all copyrighted. You can contact us at info@mypetchicken.com to request licensing and discuss payment terms..

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