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7th_Son
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Have a look at this interesting story:

http://starbulletin.com/96/10/07/features/story1.html

A pink dove would look great!

Any idea how it's done? The story says it's a combination of food and food colouring. But what would the food have to do with it?
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Hi 7th Son. Diet of the birds deals with the capability of the feathers being able to hold the coloring (Oils, etc....). A healthy bird will hold coloring better. If you are into coloring birds, the best thing to do is get Andy Amyx's coloring materials, and you have nothing else to worry about.

Do a "search" here on the Café. This has been discussed many many times....


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Not much is ever talked about for this method of coloring birds but in a nutshell, the food coloring is added to the water and/or seed. It takes awhile but eventually, the feathers will begin to turn color. Ingesting the food coloring does not harm the birds but to get a good even coloring, you must continue to add it to the diet. This method also changes the color of the feet and beak.

I only know of one magician that uses this method. We don't need any more question from the PETA folks Smile
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Wow I have never heard of this.

My doves share a cage and food/water so this would not work for me unless I wanted to somehow have one dove/food dish water tray per dove.

I wonder if that would work on people? hahah I could turn blue or purple!

YEAH!

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I don't necessarily endorse the process, I just know it has been used. If you wanted your doves to be different colors, you'd have to have separate cages for each.
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7th_Son
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Hi All,

Thanks for your replies.

I've looked at Andy Amyx site, http://www.andyamyx.com/stageproducts.html and his "Andy Amyx Pro Dove Color" sounds like you spray it on.

Any pointers to a coloring product that I could add to their food and water instead?

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Peter
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Peter, as I mentioned earlier, I wouldn't endorse using a certain something in the feed and water until you are totally familiar with what you are doing. Andy's method is safe and easy and you just need to avoid the eyes, which you would with any method of coloring.
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Dear 7th Son,

I just got my Andy Amxy dove colors in the mail today. I'm looking forward to coloring them tomorrow. Take a look at my post: Contact info for Andy Amxy: Dove colors. I'll try to post photos there.
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Before you color your doves you should consider the negative impact it can have on how you are perceived by your audience (and customers). There's the vocal PETA angle that Dave already alluded to, but I'm really talking about the people who will be offended/disturbed by what you've done, but won't say anything about it out loud. These people do indeed exist. If you're willing to write them off as an audience or clients, that's your decision. But do consider it beforehand, so you're making a decision, and not just facing unintended consequences.
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