the Easter Bunny comes from pagan rites of spring – new life, fertility etc, – but more from pagan Germany than pagan Britain. Eighteenth-century German settlers brought “Oschter Haws” to America, where Pennsylvania Dutch settlers prepared nests for him in the garden or barn. On Easter Eve, the rabbit laid his coloured eggs in the nests in payment. In Germany, old Oschter lays red eggs on Maundy Thursday.
Children in the countyside are wise when it comes to reproduction, observing it first-hand in the animals and hens around them every day. Why would children in an agrarian society believe a rabbit lays eggs?!!!