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Think twice about giving bunnies or chicks for Easter

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:56pm

They're cute and they're very popular Easter gifts, but you may want to think twice before getting your children a rabbit or baby chick for Easter.

Humane Society's across the U.S. Say they typically see an influx of unwanted bunnies in the weeks after Easter. They say owners don't realize the expense and work that goes into caring for a bunny and the excitement wears off.

People often forget that these cute little babies quickly develop into adult animals and require a commitment of both time and money. The average bunny has a life span of 8-10 years and the life span of ducks and chicks can vary from 5-10 years, depending on species. The new pet will need care long after the novelty of a cute, fuzzy baby has worn off. Remember, a new pet should be adopted, not bought on a whim.

Fuzzy chicks are adorable, but they also carry salmonella in their digestive tract and feces. The CDC reports cases of salmonella in children each spring from baby chicks given at Easter. Keep in mind these fuzzy babies will grow very fast, often requiring special heat lamps to keep their body temperatures at the right level until older. They will need a coop or other safe place to live to keep them safe from everyday predators. Common health risks with baby chicks include dehydration, pasty butt, spraddle leg, scissor beak and coccidiosis.


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