Dyed Chicks – Because Normal Chicks Just Aren’t Cute Enough Anymore

Popular in many countries around the world, including the US, dyed chickens are often viewed as victims of animal cruelty people usually get rid of as soon as they’re not “awfully cute” anymore.

I don’t know what’s happening with the world, but it seems that things that were cute by default a few years ago, just aren’t cute enough today. People are dying their puppies to look like wild animals, fish have to be either tattooed or locked in tiny keychains, and chicks apparently have to be brightly colored to sell. Dyed chicks are sold by street vendors in countries like China, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Yemen and even the US, where they attract the attention of passers by with their unnatural colors. But what most people don’t know is these “cute” baby birds aren’t dyed after hatching, they are injected with the dye as embryos, inside the egg.

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Some vendors inject the eggs with stuff like hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, while others use “harmless” food coloring. But since when is food coloring harmless when injected into the egg of a fetus? In reality, while some chicks prove extremely resilient to the dye, many are intoxicated and die before hatching. The ones that make it only remain purple, pink or blue until they start growing undyed feathers, which brings us to another serious problem. Most people pay for a colored chick and when it grows into a common cockerel, they just get rid of it, a practice that encourages children to view pets like easily replaceable toys they can just throw away when bored.

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Feedback (8 Comments)

  • xj9 Posted on August 16, 2011

    I think I read somewhere that the main reason why chick embryos are dyed is to be able to track growth patterns while the fetus is still forming. I could be wrong, though.

  • Lawnmower Posted on August 19, 2011

    I live in Turkey, and I saw something much weirder than this. Some guyse were selling Dyed hamsters as Pokemon’s. They were calling them Pokemon, but I guess they were just meaning Pikachu. :)

  • forrest Posted on August 19, 2011

    it is a social pathology of people living in the society encouraging personal satisfaction. I am so sad in hearing, seeing and understanding about this. It is the disaster of our lovely/innocent pets, our children and even our earth.

  • Justin Ellis Posted on January 31, 2012

    This is Horrible!! If this isn’t animal cruelty, I apparently don’t understand the meaning of it. This is ridiculious! They are treating these animals as if they are some plastic toy that they can throw away after they don’t want it anymore. They have to realize that this is a living breathing thing that can feel pain and has emotions just like you and I. These is just so frustrating to see something like this. Especially after watching that video.

  • JuiceBoxx Posted on February 20, 2012

    I still want a dyed chick. I love chickens so much and I would NEVER give it away when the color is gone. It breaks my heart that they only want those little babies because they look like skittles. I wish I could take them all and keep them myself. :(

  • Tyler Posted on March 20, 2012

    that is horrible we should stop madness