Henri David, a Seattle Animal Shelter alumnus, wishes you a Happy Easter and asks us to remind you that chickens and rabbits can be great companion animals, but should be considered carefully before you make a decision to bring home a new pet.
Some things to think about:
- Every year, thousands of baby chicks and rabbits are sold as Easter presents.
- A few months after Easter, many of these pets are surrendered or abandoned and end up looking for a new home.
- Seattle Animal Shelter always has rabbits available for adoption, and we often have chickens too!
- Really want a baby bunny? Consider becoming a foster parent! Seattle Animal Shelter places baby bunnies in foster homes until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered and find their forever family.
- Rabbits live an average of 7 to 10 years.
- When your adorable baby bunny suddenly turns into a terrible teen they may show aggression, become territorial, and develop bad litter box habits – most of these issues can be fixed by spaying and neutering your pet rabbit.
- Seattle Animal Shelter offers low-cost spay and neuter services for rabbits.
- Is anyone in your family allergic to animals with fur or have seasonal allergies/hay fever? If so, a rabbit may not be the best pet for you. Rabbits need to eat hay on a daily basis, which can trigger allergies in some people.
- Chickens live an average of 10 to 15 years.
- Hens only lay eggs regularly until they are 2-3 years old, after that it tapers off.
- Did you know roosters are not permitted to be kept within Seattle city limits? Half of all the chicks sold at Easter will grow up to be roosters.
- The number of adoptive homes for roosters is very, very low since many cities do not allow roosters. Please consider this when buying unsexed chicks.