Baby bunnies and little yellow chicks are cute, fluffy and oh-so-perfect for Easter, right? Perhaps not.
West Lebanon Feed and Supply just received their first Spring shipment of chicks, but not a single one will end up in an Easter basket.
Store owner Curt Jacques said they receive phone calls around the clock from customers looking for Easter peeps, but he said his birds are for production only.
He said, "They don't make good pets, especially if you have young children who end up squeezing them too hard; they can kill them. We really discourage it," according to Jacques, "For us it's matter of promoting good animal husbandry. Whether it's birds or pigs or beef, if you're raising animals you need to raise them the right way."
Just down the street at the Lebanon Pet and Aquarium Center, the same goes for the adorable, floppy-eared bunnies. Mary Hansen, who works there, said although rabbits make great pets, a lot of people buy animals without thinking it all the way through.
"A lot of animals that are bought at Easter do end up in shelters because people don't know this is going to be a long-term commitment," said Hansen.
To prevent that, Hansen said every customer has to complete paperwork outlining their responsibilities as pet owners.
"Every person who comes in here who wants to buy a pet, we go over everything with them," She said. "Just so they know this is the kind of cage you want to get, this is the type of food you want to get, this is how you want to handle them, this is how you want to spend time with them."
Both Jacques and Hansen said the best kind of Easter animal is a stuffed one.