What Are Easter Bunny Jokes?
April 9, 2012 by staff
What Are Easter Bunny Jokes?, Many a child at Easter has been puzzled by the mechanics of a rabbit laying eggs. While it’s hard to logically dissect the origins of the Easter Bunny, other symbols of the holiday have some scientific significance. Whether you’re dyeing your eggs with the synthetic colors found in store-bought kits or going with a more au natural method, such as boiling them with onion skins, cranberry juice, or chili powder, nature is already way ahead of you.
While white and brown chicken eggs are the most common sights at the grocery store, birds in the wild produce eggs in a much more varied spectrum, usually to camouflage predators. Blue and green shades — seen in the eggs of the robin and the South American tinamou, respectively, primarily come from the pigment biliverdin. Female birds are thought to make this pigment in a portion of their oviduct that secretes the eggshell. Humans also make biliverdin in the liver – it’s what gives bruises a greenish color as they heal.
Eggs also come in brown and reddish varieties, which get their tints from a class of chemicals called protoporphyrins, which also help strengthen the eggshell.
Some Easter enthusiasts don’t stop at coloring eggs, and are making baby chickens in all the colors of the rainbow.
Dyed chicks on display. Credit: Flickr/JoshBerglund19
Pete Theer, a retired Texas poultry rancher, provides instructions for one method of making Technicolor chicks on his website: take an egg that’s incubated for about 16 or 17 days, drill a small hole in the eggshell, inject dye and seal the hole with paraffin.
“The color is just on their fluff and only lasts a few weeks until their feathers grow in,” Theer says on his website.
Some animal rights groups think the practice of dyeing chicks is traumatic and cruel, and about half of US states have laws against the practice. Florida’s legislature recently passed a bill to overturn its ban, provoking an outcry.
“Humane societies are overflowing with these animals after Easter every year,” Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida told the New York Times. “This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse.”
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