Every day there are new things in the world. Some are designed to make life easier for a person or make it more interesting. For others, the goal is less noble - to receive momentary profit. For example, all active web users could see photos of multi-colored chickens - small fluffy living lumps with charming bead-eyes, painted in the craziest colors. Do they really exist? And is it worth having such a pet at home?
Chicks natural color
It should be noted right away that not all chickens are naturally yellow. The color of the chick depends on the breed of chickens and on the hereditary traits inherited from the mother-hen and father-rooster. Chickens can be multi-colored, brown, speckled, gray, black and many other natural (!) Shades. Some breeds of chickens are decorative, and chicks from the first minute of birth boast longfeathers on the legs and on the head and a bizarre color.
But the fashion today is completely different - colorful chickens. They are painted in bright acid colors, which do not occur in nature.
Painted Chick Fashion
The fashion for colorful chicks originally appeared in China, India, Morocco and some other Asian countries. Soon the whole world picked it up, and today this living commodity can be found even in the United States. Chicks are bred and sold all year round, but they are most in demand on the eve of Catholic Easter. That is, such pussies serve as a kind of and not the most successful replacement for painted Easter eggs.
Colorful chickens are also bought as gifts for children. These babies are so adorable that they cause a lot of joy and fun. However, animal advocates are outraged and urge buyers to refrain from such a purchase.
How colorful chickens are made
The technology for obtaining chickens with amazing color is very simple. A chicken egg must lie in an incubator for 21 days. After that, a chicken emerges from it. In order to give a bright color to the fluff, on the 18th day the egg shell is carefully pierced with a needle and the dye is injected. After the hole is sealed with wax to prevent excessive evaporation of moisture and protect against infections. As a result, in three days of dyeing, the dye will completely saturate the fluff of the chick, and a chicken with an unusual color will be born.
Birds do not retain their beautiful color for life. Literally througha couple of weeks the chicken will begin to grow feathers that will have a natural color. And over time, the bird completely molts.
Manufacturers assure that they use only natural pigments. And they do not cause any harm to either the birds or the environment. However, animal advocates doubt the veracity of these words. And there are a number of reasons for this.
Animal Defenders Opinion
Colourful chickens, which are produced artificially, have a very bright color of fluff. Some chicks, among other things, are able to glow in the dark. The intensity of the color makes it possible to doubt the words of manufacturers who assure that all dyes are of natural origin.
The fact is that most natural pigments derived from bark, leaves, flowers and some minerals are rather pale. Bright natural dyes are expensive piece goods. So synthetic substances are clearly used to dye the chicks.
In addition, there is no way to control how many chicks actually die due to the introduction of the dye. The norm for breeding ordinary chicks is 87-90% of normal young animals from the number of eggs loaded into the incubator. Animal advocates believe that with the introduction of artificial substances, these numbers do not change for the better.
Among other things, multicolored chicks tend to die in the first few days or weeks after purchase. Some - from improper care, others are thrown into the street after theylose their attractive appearance.
Why you shouldn't buy dyed chickens
Colorful fluffy chicks are not the best buy. There are a number of arguments against, namely:
- A chicken or rooster is rarely kept as a pet, and with good reason. They cannot be potty trained, so they need a cage, and a much larger one than for a hamster or parrot.
- Chickens are pretty stupid creatures. They are practically unable to give their owner anything in terms of emotional communication. They can be compared with fish or turtles, that is, it will be nice to look at, but it will not work to play. The chick will communicate with a person only in one case - if the owner is present at the time of hatching and in the first few days of life, he himself will actively talk with the chick. Then the imprinting mechanism will work, and the chicken will consider the person “mom”.
- Buying live goods as a gift to another person, you put him in a difficult situation. Not everyone is ready to keep a bird at home, and throwing it out into the street is cruel.
- Chickens often die from the fact that they are often stroked and pressed to themselves. The tiny chick is not a puppy and will not survive a strong hug.