rainbow colored chicks - yogyakarta (java)

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rainbow colored chicks - yogyakarta (java)

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Rainbow chicks at the bird market (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Here is how to make colored chicks: Take 3-day old chicks (youger chicks would not survive the treatment, from what i heard). Plunge them into a color dye bath. The chicks are then sold as a live toy for children, for a few thousand rupiahs a piece (i.e. less that 1 dollar), and kids love it. Not sure that the chicks appreciate the treatment, but they don't seem to care much.

Colored chicks are apparently very popular in Indonesia, I have seen them at several village markets around the country.

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Photo taken on September 8, 2011
Jalan Serangan Umum 1 Maret 1949, Sewon, Indonesia
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