Dyeing Baby Chicks: OK or Oh No?

Living 2012/04/03 16:10:14
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Everybody loves baby chicks on Easter, but do they really need to be dyed in pastel colors to make them even cuter than they already are? Poultry farmers say it's harmless when nontoxic dye is used, but animal rights advocates are against the practice, which is banned in about half the states and some municipalities, The New York Times reports.

In fact, in Florida last month, the Legislature passed a bill to overturn a 45-year-old ban on dyeing animals. "Humane societies are overflowing with these animals after Easter every year," Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida told the Times. "This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse, and it shouldn’t be lifted on the whim of one dog groomer who wants to dye poodles purple."

As far as baby chicks go, the dye is either injected in the incubating egg or sprayed on the hatchling. The color lasts only a few weeks: it comes off as chicks shed their fluff and the feathers grow in a normal color, the Times reports. Animal rights advocates say the dyeing experience is stressful for the birds, and that baby chicks shouldn't be sold when they're under four weeks old. Do you think it's OK to dye baby chicks?
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  • Chieki 2012/04/03 16:45:17
    Oh No!
    what the hell

    This is cruel and evil! These people really need to find something else to do to celebrate Easter!

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  • ninoma 2012/04/04 17:43:56
    Oh No!
    Leave them alone.
  • Blood Bathed Angel 2012/04/04 17:28:44
    Oh No!
    Blood Bathed Angel
    That is so Cruel!!
  • trigger2fish 2012/04/04 17:13:55
    Oh No!
    Thats just cruel!!!!
  • FrozenHeart 2012/04/04 17:03:18
    Oh No!
    That's horrible!
  • Dawn 2012/04/04 16:56:57
    If it doesn't hurt them then I don't see why not. I don't think they need any other coloring to be more cute. Baby chicks are adorable just the way they are.
    For everyone that's saying it's cruel or unnatural, do any of you dye your hair? Pluck your eyebrows? Wear nail polish? Get a tattoo or a piercing? You're changing your appearance by doing so but that's not abuse. Neither is dying an animals fur or feathers. It's a non-toxic dye that comes off as the chicks shed their fluff and their feathers grow in at their normal color.

    It's not harming them so it's not ABUSE. ABUSE of an animal is when it's put in a cage for long periods of time, depriving it of food, water, attention or letting it live in it's own feces or beating it. So unless you're an animal telepath and can literally speak to animals and hear them say, "I hate it when you dye me green", shut up. If you want to b!tch about animal cruelty, do it when there's something that NEEDS attention. Not something as trivial as this. God! I'm in the mood to troll today!
    troll face

    But seriously people, dying an animals fur is stupid and I think baby chicks are much cuter their natural color. Pink and green chicks look weird.
  • Kristin <3 2012/04/04 16:45:28 (edited)
    Oh No!
    Kristin <3
    it is usually not good for any animal to be dyed, and if you think about it, what's the purpose? to see a fluffy pink baby chick for a day? its pointless and anyways, the traditional chicks are normal colored for Easter. you cant buy a pink chick plush for Easter but there are yellow ones everywhere. who came up with such a stupid idea anyway?
  • pikachu! 2012/04/04 16:20:18
    Oh No!
    what the fudge?!!go dye yourselves!you monsters!:P
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/04 16:16:58
    Oh No!
    Margaret Jacobson
    had a couple when I was younger, they ALWAYS disapeared easter monday!!! THEY RAN AWAY!!! HAHA!!!!
  • keliffa 2012/04/04 16:10:10
    Oh No!
    Come on.
  • Lydecho Rain (Лидия) 2012/04/04 16:03:39
    Oh No!
    Lydecho Rain (Лидия)
    That's pretty much animal abuse.
  • METALheadMom 2012/04/04 16:00:39
    Oh No!
  • baby shaker 2012/04/04 15:51:23
    Oh No!
    baby shaker
    How would you like it if a big ass chicken painted your baby?
  • Glitterfaecat 2012/04/04 15:41:00
    Oh No!
    look at that poor pink baby it looks miserable.
  • Farnsworth 2012/04/04 15:40:48
    It's food dye, it doesn't hurt them.

    But they sure do look funny when their feathers start coming in.
  • sweetie17 2012/04/04 15:22:38
    Oh No!
    awwwww :(
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/04/04 15:19:35
  • cin 2012/04/04 15:09:55
    Oh No!
    Ohhh nooo!!! Poor chickies! They kinda look like jelly beans.
  • Deborah Gray 2012/04/04 15:09:44
    Deborah Gray
    When I was a kid, we got dyed chicks one Easter. My mom had grown up on a farm, and knew how to care for them, and didn't let us play with them too much. By the time they started molting, we had tired of them. At that point, Mom gave them to a farmer friend. I don't think chicks should be spray painted, but to inject the egg with a natural dye is harmless.
  • LisanneWisman 2012/04/04 15:07:44
    Oh No!
    It's so cruel!
  • phil white 2012/04/04 15:05:22
    phil white
    I hope the dye is not toxic, but on very tiny animals with less body mass to skin surface ratio it's questionable.
    The other thing is does it elicit a "racist" or "species" response and they start pecking each other at some point?
  • Allie 2012/04/04 15:02:53
    Oh No!
    Its soooo cute, but it has to be bad for them. I mean whenever I dye my hair the chemicals sink into my scalp (obviously) but it is usually really painful and I get headaches for days. And their little feathers have to be even more fragile :'(
  • phil white Allie 2012/04/04 15:08:04
    phil white
    Pain is mother natures way of saying "NO!"
  • Allie phil white 2012/04/04 15:14:33
    except for eyebrow and armpit waxing...0_0 plucked eyebrows
  • phil white Allie 2012/04/04 15:17:59 (edited)
    phil white
    You should be glad if you have heavy eyebrows. Luxurious hair growth is a sign of youth and health.
    One poor fiftyish woman clerk at the grocery had so litte left she had to paint something on to not look freaky.
    Not trying to go too critical on you. Just think it would be better for you mentally to look on the positive side of what you are.
    Besides, if mother nature isn't screaming while you do that, aren't you?
  • Allie phil white 2012/04/04 15:20:44
    >.< I sorta do, if I let them grow out, but I tweeze. Furry brows are icky >.
  • phil white Allie 2012/04/04 15:49:56
    phil white
    Furry is good. I used to tan road kills. Got some beautiful Florida gray fox.
    If your brows are no thichker than this girls you're well in the normal range.


    I drank coffee to improve my circulation, which you could tell helped because it caused extra hair growth. Now though I've high blood pressure so had to give up coffee.
  • PortaPocketGal 2012/04/04 15:00:06
    Oh No!
  • SEAL76 2012/04/04 14:48:02
    Oh No!
  • Kigan 2012/04/04 14:38:32 (edited)
    Oh No!
    They are much cuter when they are naturally colored!

    I don't agree with coloring your dog/cat's fur, and I don't agree with coloring a baby chicken either!

    Nature got it right the first time - stop this crap.
  • ~ The Button ~ 2012/04/04 14:36:54
    ~ The Button ~
    if its not harmful and obviously it wears off because i dont see any bright pink chickens running around
  • smitty 2012/04/04 14:32:35
    The trouble with baby chicks are that they grow up.

    It like that baby cayman you get when you are a kid... They are cool while their young eating mice... They do grow up though.
  • Katie(: 2012/04/04 14:16:24
    I think it's ADORABLE!!!!!(:
  • lara 2012/04/04 13:50:51
    I answer no,but I mark the answer with a wrong tick. Althogh animals look so cute when they are dyed, they seem to be more perfect in their natural color. Dying the birds with our interest shows the disrespect to them.They should be just in their way they are. We protect the animals not only because they are in danger, but also should show some respect to animals.
  • Roxxi 2012/04/04 13:45:39
    Oh No!
    They look so fake dyed like that. Why change something that is already so adorable? This is just stupid. I'm saying this even though I probably willl eat one of them when it grows up. That's weird.
  • santa6642 2012/04/04 13:45:36
    Oh No!
    Very stupid idea.
  • Flowers 2012/04/04 13:28:09
    Oh No!
    I'm by no means a PETA supporter, but this is b.s! dying chicks for the pure enjoyment of people? how effing selfish
  • CAPISCE 2012/04/04 13:28:04
    Oh No!
    The same people who color chicks are the ones that carry poodles around in purses, people,people, they are living creatures not fashion accessories or Holiday decorations.
  • Tasine 2012/04/04 13:19:51
    Oh No!
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/04 13:13:24
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    How many women dye their own hair?
    How many people get tattoos?
    How many people get holes poked in them?

    The chicks will be just fine, as they have been for decades.
  • Flowers Torchma... 2012/04/04 13:30:10
    except they are selling the dyed chicks before they are ready to be separated from the mom, and people get bored of them and just turn them over the the shelters or let them die. I think it's a bit different then a person making a choice to do something to their own self, not to an animal that can't say no.

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