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the Kids Some Chicks for Easter
New Take on an Old Tradition
Angeles, Calif. - For years parents have been warned
against buying kids an Easter chick. Even if the tiny bird
survived, it usually turned out to be a rooster. Often a kind
intention only continued a cruel hoax, with the small ball
of fluff fated for an early demise.
But this Spring, a Hollywood producer urges parents to think
ahead so that gift chicks can stick around and offer even
city kids a chance to raise next years' Easter egg.
Allison MacLeod is passionate about everyone raising backyard chickens
and says that its time for Easter chicks to get their chance to grow
up and be part of a growing national hobby.
"Raising your own eggs means you get a healthier, fresher food
and a hen gets to live its life the way chickens always have, as a pet
in the company of humans," Allison said, "instead of being
caged in a 5000-chicken factory barn where it never sees the light of
This television producer put her skills to work so novices can learn
the basics of poultry keeping. "The Beginner's Guide to Raising
Chickens" packs a lot of information into 26 minutes of VHS video.
Over 3000 copies have been sold since its initial release last year.
"If an elementary school class buys a typical hatchery minimum
order of 15 female chicks, the kids can follow simple the instructions
in the video and easily make an inexpensive brooder as a class project
that will allow them to raise the young hens to five weeks old,"
she continued. "Then, parents can take the individual, nearly-grown
hens home and keep them as pets -- and for eggs. The video shows how
uncomplicated it is to do, and it's a great project that introduces
kids to learning about how to care for animals."
With celebrity lifestyle mavens like Martha Stewart promoting suburban
chicken keeping, Allison has expanded this idea to include a wider audience,
including city dwellers that live in apartments.
"Chickens are a great pet for an apartment. They're soothing to
watch like fish, and they become affectionate if they're handled."
When asked about the legality of keeping chickens in the city, Allison
pointed out that some urban chicken owners refer to their birds as large,
ground-dwelling South American parrots. "Outlaw chickens are everywhere!"
She laughingly stated, "In some places almost everyone has chickens
whether they are legal or not - even in New York City."
Allison even has a bumper sticker available for people who keep city
chickens. It reads "Wherever chickens are outlawed, only outlaws
will have chickens."
For more information about raising Easter chicks, check out Allison's
to Editors / Journalists:
* Contact Allison MacLeod via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Review copies of the "Beginner's Guide " are available
* Producer Allison MacLeod is happy to do interviews -- "Let's