It wasn’t so long ago that this time of year brought hundreds of baby rabbits, chicks and ducks on the market, some of which had been dyed like Easter eggs, to be sold to those who would gift children for Easter.
While the practice is nowhere near as large as it used to be, there are still those out there that would gift these creatures to children. Old habits die hard.
So here’s the good thing– the lower number of animals available make it less likely the animals will be an impulse buy.
If you are one of those thinking of gifting a child with a bunny, a chick or a duck this Easter, you should first learn what sort of care that animal will need. If you’ve never raised a chick or duck before, make sure you do some research online. My Pet Chicken is an easy-to-read resource for learning what care of a chicken entails, what supplies you will need, and what sort of time commitment is involved.
If it’s a rabbit you’re interested in, you should know there are many rabbit rescue organizations in the US that would love to talk to you about adopting a rabbit. It’s preferable to just buying a baby because you’ll know what you’re getting and you’ll know the animal is healthy. Keep in mind that rabbits and small children don’t mix well. And rabbits bought as pets are not the same as the wild rabbits you see in the field. You can’t just dump a domesticated rabbit and expect it survive, because it won’t. If you do have your heart set on a rabbit as a pet, the ASPCA has an info page devoted to rabbit care.
I don’t want to discourage any responsible person from taking on a pet. I just want to remind them do first do their homework, because these animals do require a great deal of care.