As Easter approaches, many families fall in love with a cute chick, a tiny duckling or a baby rabbit. These baby animals are cute, but they also require responsible care, a special diet, and have a lifespan much longer than the spring season.
Rabbits have a life span similar to many dogs. A house bunny will need a chew proof place to live in your house, which means all cords safely hidden away and any tasty wood, such as table legs, protected. Rabbits need hay to stay healthy, which means you need a source of good hay and a space to store some. Rabbits can be litter trained, but they’re messy!
Your rabbit will also need special pellets, some fresh fruit and vegetables daily and grooming. Rabbits, even baby bunnies, have very strong back legs. They can kick out and scratch you or even injure themselves with an unsupported kick while being held. These tendencies don’t make them the best pets for small children.
A pet rabbit can be charming and fun if you do your homework and make a real commitment to care. Just be sure you’re ready to take on the responsibility, if not, stick with a chocolate bunny this Easter!
Chicks and ducklings can also live for 8 to 10 years and require special care. In addition, some municipalities ban chickens and ducks as livestock.
The American Poultry Association provides information on the various poultry breeds and their care. Chickens and ducks have specific (and different) nutritional requirements. Chickens love dust baths while ducks enjoy a quick swim. Can you provide those conditions for them? Chickens and ducks are messy pets too.
Before bringing any new pet into your home, it’s important to consider the responsibilities that accompany the animal.