dyed easter chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Picco, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Ok, so I have seen these dyed chicks for a few years now at my local feed store and today I saw a video on CNN.com about it. The video was about this guy in Rhode Island who had his chicks conviscated by the SPCA because they are apparently illegal because of cruelty issues. I have learned of the dying method and I don't necessarily agree with it but I don't see it as being entierly cruel. I do see the problem of marketing them for easter gifts which are many times later abandoned or neglected.

    I was just wondering what the rest of you guys thought about the issue?
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    I don't agree with it because I feel it makes the chicks look like a toy instead of a living thing that has needs.
  3. zimmy

    zimmy Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Yeah, this is been discussed in the SAVE A CHICK sticky. We've overall-ly agreed it was wrong. But, it's not neccisarily cruel. It doesn't hurt, and the only lasting effects it seems are pigmented feet and beaks.

    I personally love the regular looking chicks twenty times more!
  4. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    I agree I think the natural chicks are just as cute and would never buy a dyed one... I was just wondering what every one thought about it. I think it was a bit radical that the guy had his chicks taken away, but I guess I don't know enough facts to take an offical position on the issue.
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I agree with CarriBrown.
    The cruelty lies in the fact that they are not regarded as living creatures, but a whimsical entertainment, and the majority of the recipients of these animals are ignorant as to the care required for their keep.
    Given to young children, they suffer due to mishandling or plain neglect as the novelty wears off.
    Same goes for puppies that end up chained to trees for the rest of their lives. [​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I think the chicks look disgusting. And a parent who will buy one for a kid for its entertainment, knowing that chick wont be cute for long and will be killed by his brat, should be brought up on animal cruelty charges. Why they dont see the disconnect between fertility symbols and what they think Easter is just makes me grind my teeth anyway, then to have chicks, ducks and bunnies die a cruel death at the hands of some brat makes my blood boil!
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2007
  7. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    I agree 100% with Speckled Hen!
  8. Weewanona

    Weewanona Songster

    Apr 1, 2007
    Wilburton, OK
    Speckled Hen must have ESP. She stated my opinion almost perfectly word for word. [​IMG]
  9. djwingo

    djwingo In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2007
    Kellyville, Oklahoma
    hey i agree totally but i will admit i did dye my dog pink for easter a couple of years ago {i used koolaid} and he was cute!! yes he lmao poor dog he was my baby [​IMG]
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Quote:I've done the same thing (with KoolAide)!! Although I'd just had too much to drink... [​IMG]

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