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2009-09-22 10:07:32
Oh my goodness!! What did they do to the poor things?! They look like a whole bunch of skittles!! 0-o
2009-09-22 09:48:32
Hester is right that the dying process itself isn't harmful to the chicks. What's harmful to them is being placed in the hands of small children who don't know how to handle them or take care of them. If they survive being played with they'll stop being small and cute pretty quickly, and become chickens, and most likely roosters, which can be pretty ornery, and aggressive. The average lifespan of a domestic chicken is between seven and nine years, and some live to be ten or twelve years old. Anyone thinking of giving a chick to a child for Easter needs to consider that the bird may be around awhile, just like a kitten or a puppy. Unless, of course, you decide to eat it....explain that to the kids, Mom. Also, there's a very real risk of small children contracting salmonella from chicks...most chicks carry it in their digestive systems and get feces on their feet and feathers..the kids hug and fondle the chicks, then licks their fingers and that's all it takes..the CDC reports several outrbreaks of salmonella each year from this very source. The whole colored Easter chick thing is a bad idea for everyone concerned, and over a dozen states have made it illegal. Unless you live on a farm get the kid a stuffed toy.
2009-09-22 07:17:06
They dye the chicks before the eggs are hatched by injecting the eggs with paint. It is an unharmful procedure, and is actually used quite a lot in science as well. Once the chicks lose their down feather and get big grown up chicken-feathers they will return to normal color.
2008-10-17 21:27:57
They are dyed, then sold to parents who give them to children at Easter. Some survive the handling and fondling and inappropriate diet, but most do not.
2008-10-17 17:59:52
They all ate Froot Loops for breakfast.
2008-10-17 06:22:57
did they dye the chicks? how would that work?
2008-10-17 06:21:30
did they dye the chicks? how would that work?
2008-10-17 00:17:15
This photo is SO adorable but so cruel. nice catch though.