During the Easter season chicks, ducklings and bunnies are for sale. Ducks and chickens lay eggs a symbol of the season as are the bunnies. They are sold in great numbers and many are dyed to coincide with the festive occasion. They are cute and they are alive. Small children love these animals but are usually are not able to handle them properly. Easter animals for sale are not necessarily free from disease and can cause unwanted illness and injury. They need proper care and these cute little animals grow up to become ducks and chickens. These animals are considered livestock and need specific guidelines as to housing and feed. Then there is the cost of maintaining these animals. These are domestic animals and do not do well in the wild and shelters are landslide with these animals after the Easter season ends. There are better alternatives than buying live chicks, ducks and bunnies for Easter.
Thousands of chicks, ducklings and bunnies will be sold this Easter holiday season. Parents think they are cute gifts but do not take into consideration what having these animals mean and the responsibility that goes with ownership. These little creatures are equipped to defend themselves with sharp beaks and talons and bunnies bite. They are living creatures that need a commitment to be taken care of for their entire lives, but unfortunately, the children lose interest in them within days after they are brought home.
Rabbits, chickens and ducks can live up to ten years and some chickens and ducks have been known to live up to fifteen years outside rabbits have a shorter life expectancy. While they are cute first born they grow into messy adults that need special care. Rabbits need grooming, ducks tend to gorge themselves and a controlled diet and chickens need clean pens. All three of these species are prey to dogs and though a pet they are threatening to these animals causing stress and weakening their immune system.
Once owners are tired of them if they live more than a few days, they are left in the wild where they have no defenses and fall prey to predators, starve to death or die of exposure. Shelters are overrun after the Easter holiday with animals they do not have the facilities to care for them.
There is an alternative, many farms present Easter egg hunts and petting zoos were children can hold ducklings, chicks and bunnies. Zoos also have petting facilities and special Easter events. The best Easter duckling, bunny or chick to buy for children are stuffed, cuddly toys.
Milwaukee residents can find more information by contacting Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control District (MADACC.)