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Pink chickens found in Portland

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(March 27, 2015) – Walking along the Portland waterfront, you’ll see your fair share of waterfowl, and other fine feathered friends, but you would not expect to see pink chickens.

But someone did see them, running free and called animal services. So animal services decided they’d be better off somewhere safer, like a chicken coop.

“They’re doing great. They seem active, alert. Healthy,” Mary Kate Watson, Mult Co Animal Services told Fox12.

As for how they got pink? Animal services says it tends to happen around Easter.

“We’ve seen a trend in the past with people injecting dye into fertilized eggs to produce a pastel colored chick, “said Watson.

The coloring is only temporary, and the chickens gradually turn the right color when they grow their next set of feathers.

The folks at animal services don’t condone changing a chicken’s color, but in this case, they say they won’t hold it against the owner. “Our main goal is just to find the owners and make sure they have a secure place for the animals.”

For now, the chickens are comfy and safe.