Do Rabbits Lay Eggs? Are Bunnies Like Birds?

Posted by Christy Caplan
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We all have a lot of egg-ticipation over this question, so we did our research and the answer is no! The Easter bunny makes this especially confusing, which is why this question isn't silly at all and one that people frequently search for on Google. This receives between 1,000 and 10,000 average monthly searches. 

If you own a pet bunny, you clearly know the answer. Unfortunately, I've never lived with bunnies and even though I begged my parents for one we ended up with guinea pigs.

The answer? Rabbits have live births and don't lay eggs.

Since birds lay eggs and rabbits give birth to large litters in the early spring, these became symbols of the fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox (around March 20 or 21). This is likely why around Easter many ask this question. Since the mythical Easter bunny delivers eggs which are sometimes hard-boiled and other times chocolate what are we supposed to think? 

The relationship between eggs, rabbits and other Easter symbols dates back to their origin stories which we wrote about for those interested in the origin of the Easter bunny. 

Easter Bunny
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An article in Woman's World tells us one story about the confusion around the Easter hare,

"Another story goes that the lairs of ground-nesting birds, like lapwings and plovers, closely resembled the grass holes where young hares nestle to wait for their moms. As a result of the similarity in appearance of the two, the legend that eggs came from the hares was born."

Since we know now that rabbits do not lay eggs, let's talk about Easter eggs! Our chickens lay green and blue eggs that literally look like they came directly from an Easter basket you'd see in a magazine. These chickens are actually called Easter Egger chickens! These colorful eggs make spring the best season where we live since the ladies don't lay as much during the winter months. The goddess of spring visits every morning when I collect eggs.

We are overprepared for Easter egg hunts and our new life as chicken keepers gives us another reason to love these symbols of Easter. We have Easter gifts that are fresh and delicious. This symbol of Easter makes wonderful scrambled eggs and looks beautiful in a basket.

So yes, Santa isn't as exciting as the Easter bunny when it comes to holiday traditions where we live. After Easter Sunday we're going to need excuses to fill all the baskets we bought!

The main takeaway? Bunnies are not laying eggs!

Have you ever lived with a pet bunny? They're adorable! Please leave a comment below!

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