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  • Susan Rudnicki

    This post of FSN is perpetuating a irresponsible attitude not in keeping with FSN’s reputation as a provider of good educational information.

    As a person with a small backyard flock I have had for 13 years, I find the Easter obsession with chicks ill-considered and stupid. Chickens are not toys, and giving them to youngsters to hold as if they are toys only teaches kids that adults trivialize the serious nature of caring for living things. If kids don’t kill the chicks outright by handling them roughly, what WILL HAPPEN in about 6 weeks after Easter is past, is the local humane society, local parks and ponds will start showing the “dumps” of unwanted adolescent animals—rabbits, ducks, and chickens. It happens every year for those of us working in rescues. Irresponsible adults, who bought the baby animals on a whim and did not bother to address the long term care issues of these animals, will be foisting off their poor decisions on the rest of the public—or simply consigning the animals to a brutal death or starvation.
    FSN should be informing the “Easter public” of the frivolous Easter trade in chicks, ducklings and rabbits and urging people to swear off these purchases.

    • Hi Susan,

      I appreciate your feedback and must admit I didn’t foresee this unintended interpretation of the video. I now see how it could be interpreted to suggest an acceptance of frivolously purchasing chicks as toys, but that is certainly not a practice FSN would condone or excuse in capacity. The final point Michelle makes in the video is to remind those who buy chicks that they are animals that require a commitment to caring for them throughout their lives.

      The video was intended to inform families of the associated risks with chicks and the best handling practices as we enter chick season. I have removed the mention of Easter from the summary because I agree that it might be taken as a tolerance toward the practice of buying chicks as disposable Easter gifts.

      Thank you,
      James Andrews

      • Susan Rudnicki

        Thanks for the response—unfortunately, the confluence of the season and the religious holiday conspire to drive a egregious business practice all too eager to supply these baby animals. Too many increasingly urban adults retain overly-precious memories of Easter and cutsie young animals but have no idea of the animal’s needs. FSN could help with this need for education by mentioning the issue and compulsive purchases that come with the season—-ALONG WITH the proper avoidance of bacterial contamination and handling of chicks. Thank you