Should you bring home spring chicks?
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:09:29 GMT —
Believe it or not, Spring is here. And with the season comes the sweet peeping of chicks and ducklings. But these baby animals can be quite a handful.
Chicks and ducklings are oftentimes an Easter favorite for children and parents.
These animals, however, are no ordinary house pets.
On some occasions, they are contaminated with bacteria called salmonella.
When handling these birds, it is recommended that you immediately wash your hands or disinfect them.
Businesses that sell these livestock also recommend that customers research the responsibility needed to properly care for the animal.
Easter chicks and ducklings are often abandoned or given to animal shelters after a few days of ownership when they lose their appeal.
"We try to stress that this is not a pet and this is a livestock. This something that the adult that is with them needs to take seriously as well. As far as discouraging, we just hope that they all go to the good homes that we sell to and by and large our folks that come in here are family oriented folks, so they're going to use them for that," Farm & Home Assistant Manager Mark Bodwell said.
Experts say these little critters can be an asset to your farm when handled responsibly.
They cost anywhere between two and four dollars.