every state has a law for how many chicks you need to buy. call your state department of agriculture and ask for the minimum in your state. that being said, any business can make their own rules as long as they don't break the department of agriculture rules (which many stores do because of lack of knowledge)
I live in NH and the state has a 12 chick minimum on day olds. at 4 weeks of age chicks can be sold individually. my hubby runs chicken swaps mostly at tsc stores all over this state. people come to the swaps to buy small quantities of chickens that are 4 weeks old.
the rules are for the safety of the chicks.
last year tsc had problems with people harming chicks. corrals were put up all over the united states. chicks are not toys to be handled by children and dropped into tubs from 2 or 3 feet in the air!! the corrals were put up to protect the chicks. many employees do not have chicken knowledge. many times you have more knowledge than the employees you are buying from. tsc does their best but they get barked at alot.
we tell people who buy 12 to come to a swap and sell the extras or to buy 4 week olds from us.
my hubby has been working with the nh department of agriculture to change our minimum to 6 chicks. after 2 years it just got passed through legislature. it is now on its way to senate. then it has to go to the govenor for his approval. it takes alot to change a rule.
Edited by 1Chick Magnet - 3/18/12 at 5:55am