12 chick minimums at the feed store

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by france, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. france

    france Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    North East
    This I thought was interesting. In New Hampshire it is illegal for the feed store to sell less then 12 chicks to a customer. (I have not seen the law so am guessing it applies to all commercial sales) The feed store guy said they started enforcing it last year but the law has been around longer. He told me that it was to prevent people buying the 1 chick for Easter for the kids kind of thing. He said if I had an existing flock he can bend the rules and sell me 3+ but it would all have to be explained on the paperwork. The 12 minimum seems a bit extreme to me. So many people are getting into chickens and only want a few. And another feed store is selling coops for 6 chickens.

  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    interesting indeed
  3. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    sounds like an odd law to me. [​IMG]
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Odd, so many cities don't allow 12 chickens. But could be better in some situations.

    I think if I wanted chicks, I'd buy 12 then forget about 9 of them when I left the store. [​IMG]


  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    I never heard of such a law.. I can understand the concern,,,,but to make a law? [​IMG]

    what is to prevent 12 people from going together and split the order??

    Is there another law about that??

  6. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I do think that's very interesting as well. I am all for stopping people from buying a dyed-pink or green chick for easter and then discarding it or raising it poorly and alone because they didn't really want it or know what to do with it. On the other hand... 12 chick minimum will just cause 12 families to go in on it together, if they are that determined. In the same vain, luckily, people can split orders. That's what I did with my 26 chick order from MM - posted on Craigslist to find someone to split it and within 12 hours, I had to start turning people away. So, if you want 3 or 6 in your yard, I'm sure someone else will share the other six with you.
  7. PamsPride

    PamsPride Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    6 chick minimum in Ohio. I think it is to keep people from buying just one or two for their kiddos and then getting bored with it!


    ODS-n-ENS FARM Songster

    Sep 16, 2008
    Quote:My feed store also enforces that law, but I stumbled across a feed store in NH that does not. I go to that one to get a "chick fix". LOL
  9. PamsPride

    PamsPride Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Good luck trying to talk 11 of your best friends into buying just one chick!!! My friends are all half citified and think it is crazy to have chickens in the first place!! And all my friends live out in the country!

  10. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    Here at Rural King you have to buy 25!! But last year at TSC you could buy as many or as few as you wanted. I bought 2 and they were both my silkies.

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