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Neon Chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Alleyoops25, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was browsing around the ideal hatechery web site. And they had these neon colored baby chicks that are sold around easter time? What is the deal with this? What do they color these babies with, is it safe, and my assuming that these babies all are probably roo's. THis is totally crazy, I never seen anything like it. It seems wrong to me. But maybe I am wrong.
     
  2. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My main prob with this is that people buy these 'cute' chicks and don't really want them. They don't have a place to put them or even food to give them. They just say oh how 'cute'! Poor chickies.
     
  3. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a website

    http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/Embryology/TheAnswer1.htm

    I agree with Judy that many people think they are cute then the chick suffers.

    They also do it to identify the different breeds.

    Around here you can't hardly buy baby chick any other time except during Easter time. Those of us who likes chickens want them at different times of the year.

    jackie
     
  4. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats what I was afraid of. I always thought that they were cute enough so I didnt like the idea of coloring them anyway.
     
  5. joannamarie

    joannamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have seen them on sites i think its disgusting really unatural they inject the eggs with dye apparently so they hatch bright purple or yellow or whatever colour.
     
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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  7. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just suprises me that hatcheries will do it just to make money. I wouldnt be suprised if some of these hatcheries dont actually color the chicks until after they hatched and then dyed all the males. I dont know if they do this or not but it would seem like it would be something they would do.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'm pretty sure most hatcheries dye chicks post hatch, pre hatch requires more time and money.
     
  9. farmgirl2477

    farmgirl2477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will have to admit, my first peepers were the colored ones. But I can count myself as different. I had the land for them, and had been tossing the idea around for awhile. But I could easily see lots of people buying these little fur balls on a whime and not be able to give them good lives.
     

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