Live animals are not Easter gifts. Chicks often die within 24 hours, bunnies are often neglected in cages too small for their needs. Pets are a lifetime commitment, not a holiday whim.
Every Easter parents line up to buy chicks for their kids for Easter gifts. In some places these chicks are dyed bright Easter colors. Unless the parents are farmers, they have no need for the chicks after, many are totally unaware of how to care for chicks, few buy feed, most do not provide heat, and within a day or so the chicks are dead. Some are even killed by being held too tight by eager children.
photo source - note the one chick is standing in water – this is not a healthy chick environment – also chicks stress easily, this “cute” gimmick, is very cruel.
Parents are just as likely to buy a cute Easter Bunny for their child. The problem is that very little thought or planning went into buying such a pet. Often the cages is too small and people are unaware of the time needed to care for a bunny – they need 2- 6 hours out of their cage every day, even if the cage is large. Compare to yourself living in your bathroom for days. Many Easter rabbits are abandoned, or surrendered to an animal shelter in a few months after being purchased.
Pets are lifetime commitments, they require thought and planning.
What kind of care does a chick need? Chicks need warmth from a heating lamp, it needs chick starter ration, and a clean cage. It needs fresh water in a special water so it does not fall in and drown or get wet (chicks who get wet get sick and die). As it grows up in will need to go outside, and depending if you have roosters or hens (most of these will be roosters, because sexed hens can sell for more) you might not want them as “pets”.
What kind of care does a bunny need? Bunnies need a large cage, even if they are going to be loose in the house the cage is a good idea for occasional use. They need a litter box, rabbit food, chew things (and your cords must be contained or the rabbit will chew them). They need proper care, and attention, or suffer from boredom.
If you really want your child to experience chicks and bunnies at Easter (or anytime) find a petting zoo. If you find that you want either as a pet (hens make great pets, as do rabbits) make plans to learn more about their care, and buy from a reputable source, or adopt from an animal shelter. Note: Pet stores sell for profit and should never be considered as reputable sources.
photo source - not cute, it’s cruel.
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