Easter is next weekend, April 31, 2013. If you live in the burbs or in a rural area you may see people selling rabbits and chicks on the side of the road. Or you may be seeing ads in the local paper for chicks and Easter bunnies for sale.
Those bunnies and colored chicks are cute, but they will soon grow up.
The majority of live animals bought for Easter will either be abandoned, or will die before they turn a year old.
I have bought my kids bunnies for Easter before. But we also built the rabbit hutch and took care of the rabbits. It was a fun project for the whole family.
But then again, not everyone wants to invest the time, effort or money into building a rabbit hutch. Keep in mind some cities prohibit keeping rabbits and chickens. It would be a shame to buy a couple of chicks, then find out your family will not be able to keep them.
If you can wait a couple of weeks after Easter
A lot of people who buy chicks and bunnies for Easter get tired of them in a few weeks. It is just a matter of time before the chicks and bunnies are dropped off at local animal shelters, or given away to anyone who will take them.
Instead of buying a chick or bunny, maybe you can teach your children the value of rescuing animals that have been abandoned?
Easter is a good time to start a project
The weather is starting to warm up, spring is in the air, it is time to get the family outside and do something.
Some of my spring projects include camping, fishing, running trotlines, nature photography,,, among other things.
A lot of schools have a spring break around Easter. So it might be a good time to take some vacation time from work to spend some quality time with the family.
Raising rabbits and chickens (especially chickens) teaches children how their ancestors used to live with livestock.
Animals take dedication
A lot of people have this illusion that chickens and rabbits do not need a lot of care. Just like anything else in life, such as a cat or dog, rabbits and chickens need daily care. Their food, water and cages have to be checked every day, just like what you do with cats and dogs.
If you are not ready to dedicate several years to caring for chickens and/or rabbits, please do not take the dive.
it is better not to get the animals, then to get them and then abandon them.