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First off, the way these chickens are "made." I am not about to tell you anything you couldn't find out on your own, so it is not that I am telling you how to do it, just how it is done. And egg is INJECTED with food color during the embryo's development. That's right folks, they take a needle, shove it through the shell and inject food coloring into a developing baby chick. They then seal the egg shut and wait for it to hatch. Isn't that cute! (Note my sarcasm here.)
Now you might think, well, dyeing for scientific purposes with vegetable dye for wildlife management studies is acceptable. Remember folks, these are not being dyed for wildlife management studies...... they are being dyed so people will buy them because they think they are neat. And injecting a chick may cause death to the unborn chick if done incorrectly. But who cares, right? (Note my sarcasm here.)
Well someone cares because in some states it is illegal to dye chicks. Yes that's right, against the law. Need proof? Check out this article by the Duck Rescue Network which has examples of some of the state laws regarding dying chicks. Why is it against the law? Well in some states, people see shoving a needle in an egg to make chicks cute at Easter, well, animal cruelty.
But it is not so much of how these chicks get dyed as the why. Like I said, scientist do use this method for research. The why is simple, to sell chicks. People see them, go awwwww, buy one and there goes another dead chicken. I say dead chicken because most people buy them as an impulse buy. Their homes have no brooder box waiting for the chick. They usually only buy one, so the chick has no one to huddle with for warmth (remember no brooder box.) The majority of these chicks don't have a fighting chance. And if they do manage to grow up, once they molt, well the cute color is GONE. That's right folks, it is no longer "cute." People then have a chicken that they don't want all in the name of a cute Easter purchase.
I think it is about high time that people realize they can and should care and make a difference when it comes to situations like this. Don't share photos like the one above because "it's cute" or humorous. It is not cute or funny, when an animals life is on the line. I think mother nature did a wonderful job making chicks cute. There is nothing more beautiful then the natural colors and patterns found on baby chicks. And I think it is high time people remember, an animal is not a toss away "thing." If you aren't ready to be there for that chicken for the rest of its life (an average of 7 years), well then leave it at the store.