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Check out these colorful chicks! An Easter custom in the Middle East and Asia, we found baskets filled with multi-colored chicks here in Copan, Honduras in celebration of Christmas.
Giggling children of all ages huddle around the colorful creatures, buying them up two at a time for 5 Lempiras or US$0.26 each. Though the practice makes the kids happy, it seems ethically questionable. Farmers claim that the chemicals injected into the chicken fetus in the egg are non-toxic and do not harm the chicks. Scientists disagree. The bright blue, pink, green and yellow lasts a few weeks until the chicks grow their new feathers, anyway.
Wishing you a Feliz Navidad from Honduras!