Spotted At T & N Wine & Liquor: Chicks & Bunnies

March 31, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

When I hopped off the bus after today’s sojourn I encountered this, the latest window display at T & N Wine and Liquor. As you can see it is garnering a great deal of attention. When I arrived home my inbox was filled with inquiries as to what is going to happen to these chicks after Easter. Here’s the scoop per this establishment’s proprietor, Chris. CAVEAT: this story does not have a happy ending.

Chris purchased these chicks from a hatchery. He ordered twenty five of them so they tossed in one more (the dark one) for free. Believe it or not these little ones were delivered via the United States Postal Service. He had to go to our illustrious post office to pick them up. After Easter they will go to a farm a friend of his owns upstate. Here they will live for six weeks. After that they will be dinner. Apparently this variety of chicken is has been bred/engineered for body mass. After six weeks their legs can no longer support their bodies.

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me— nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.— Hamlet

Miss Heather

UPDATE, April 1, 2010: I have just learned that Chris has changed his plan. Anyone who wants a chick after Easter can have one. Oh yeah, as for the rabbits: they belong to a friend.

UPDATE, April 2, 2010: It would appear that NBC surfs blogs for leads. As it would happen I spoke with the proprietor of T & N Wine and Liquor last night. He told me that the reporter said they learned about his display “on the Internet”.

Comments

9 Comments on Spotted At T & N Wine & Liquor: Chicks & Bunnies

  1. rowan on Wed, 31st Mar 2010 6:51 pm
  2. And what of the rabbits?

  3. missheather on Wed, 31st Mar 2010 6:53 pm
  4. Forgot to ask (cut me some slack here, I was out walking for 4 hours. I was and am very tired!). Will ask Chris tomorrow.

  5. rowan on Wed, 31st Mar 2010 7:24 pm
  6. No problem, I understand. Appreciate you going in and making the inquiries. Would also be curious as how they are being taken care of.

  7. missheather on Wed, 31st Mar 2010 7:37 pm
  8. Considering how hatcheries are I’d say this is a step up. He had food out but I do not recall seeing any water. Of course this could have been an over sight on my part.

  9. ss on Thu, 1st Apr 2010 11:13 am
  10. Would Chris mind if someone donated 2 100 watt lightbulbs. Those chicks are COLD, that’s why they are swarming the bunnies.

    Temperature – 90 to 100 deg. for the first week, decrease 5 deg. per week. A 100 watt bulb pointing in one corner (not the whole brooder) works well.

    http://www.backyardchickens.com/raising-chickens-basics.php

  11. missheather on Thu, 1st Apr 2010 1:15 pm
  12. Take ‘em down there and explain this to him. Otherwise I checked today: they have plenty of water.

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  15. d on Fri, 2nd Apr 2010 1:14 pm
  16. Giving them to customers may be even worse unless some of our locals who raise chickens for eggs can take them or help place them. Or maybe Farm Sanctuary can find a place for them. I hope this has a happy ending.

  17. missheather on Fri, 2nd Apr 2010 1:35 pm
  18. I honestly do not see how this can possibly end happily. Let’s say these chicks go to a sanctuary. The fact still remains that they will eventually outgrow their legs, so to speak. I fail to see how any animal could be happy in such a state. Truth be told this is what disgusts me about this whole affair. And well, being “sourced”.

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