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Cosmopolitan Chicks for Easter?

Today’s Daily Express contains rainbow chicks.

I’m not actually a newspaper reader minus the occasional read of The Times online. I seem to prefer television news, a.k.a the lazy woman’s global events guru. I digress.

My mum told me that there was a little story about rainbow chicks in the Daily Express today. Being the curious cat I am, I immediately went to check it out online. Isn’t the internet desperately convenient? Let me introduce you to the rainbow chicks that are available in some Asian markets. I seriously thought they were jellybeans in a box when I saw this picture from afar.

They are said to be injected with dye at the ovum stage and they miraculously hatch in the colour of the owner’s choice. It all seems a little too easy to me. I appreciate the fact that they look cute, but aren’t all chicks cute regardless of colour? Owners continue to inject eggs in order hatch these vibrant chicks and catch the attention of passers-by. The article states that there has been some opposition from the RSPCA here in the UK, although I don’t see what the impact of this condemnation would be. No action would be required unless this starts happening in the UK (to be honest, I really can’t see these ‘groovy chicks’ on sale in my local Asda). You can find the full article here.

So, these rainbow chicks reminded me of Mr P’s Technicolor chicks, that he just so happened to have a photo shoot with in yesterday’s post (thankfully they are artificial- that’s right P, cover their little chicky ears. I wouldn’t want to upset them).

Aww… They’re like the cousins of the real ones!

To be honest, I prefer my Easter chicks faux and plastic. Less mess to clean up after and no ‘cheep-cheeping’ to put up with, I suppose. No matter how cute those hippy chicks are, they’re still animals with a right to not look ridiculous.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with cosmetic chick dyeing? What do you think the value of it is?

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Wednesday 7th of April 2010

Whoa! I wonder if they'll try this with kittens next... ? I remember those glow-in-dark mice that had been injected with jellyfish DNA. Wild.

Mr. P

Tuesday 6th of April 2010

I think they are really cute, but who came up with that idea? They should be sacked.

Mine were from Jane Asher; she dated a Beatle. Don't worry. It wasn't Ringo.


Monday 5th of April 2010

How cute are those chicks?! The faux ones are obviously cuter...I feel sorry for the 'live' ones!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

Monday 5th of April 2010

I definitely think it's unnecessary to die real chicks. They are the cutest in their natural color :).


Sunday 4th of April 2010

they are so cute in their natural colour!the procedure is horible!