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Purdue University experts suggest thinking twice before purchasing Easter pets

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dating back centuries as a sign of fertility and new life, chicks and rabbits have been identified with Easter and spring décor, making their seasonal arrival in most farm supply stores a tempting purchase.

However, these pets come with specific needs to be considered before heading to the checkout, according to Emily Luc, Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator, and Marisa Erasmus, associate professor of animal sciences at Purdue University.

Before bringing any birds home, checking local zoning ordinances is critical. Many Indiana cities and towns do not permit backyard poultry, Luc said. While some. . .

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