Just say no to giving your children or grandchildren some chicks for Easter. Chicks are living breathing animals. They are not toys to be later discarded.
The same advice about not giving puppies or kittens to kids or adults as gifts for Christmas — also applies to Easter chicks.
Someone must be responsible for chicks. Once the novelty wears off in a few days and all the colored eggs and jelly beans have been eaten and the colorful baskets have been put away — chicks lose their appeal. Easter is over; kids get bored with chicks. Give them a stuffed animal instead.
While plenty of folks are raising chickens for their own eggs, that requires planning and suitable products and equipment. Chicks for Easter are a totally different concept. Dyed chicks are the worst further exploiting chicks as novelties vs. caring for chicks as pets. Chickens can live to be 16 years old. How committed are you?
People buying chicks for Easter have no idea that chicks require special feeding, care, and handling. No, a shoebox is not the proper place to house the chick.
Chicks are delicate and small children may try to cuddle them resulting in injuries and death. Children may be at risk for acquiring Salmonella infection from chicks as pets after receiving them as gifts.
The majority of chicks are neglected or dumped. Just don’t buy them!
Be responsible, consider peeps instead.
No animal cruelty happens with peeps. Peeps are marshmallow candies that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. While chicks are delicate; peeps are indestructible. This peep website will entertain you for hours. Unleash your peep creativity. Have fun.
Here’s a recipe to make homemade marshmallow chicks.
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