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Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Lairvine, Mar 13, 2009.
Why are they illegal?
They are also illegal here in NY.
I can understand them not wanting them to be bought as toys for kids but to make them illegal is just cruel to us chicken owners.
This is copied from another thread.
12/04/2007 3:47 pm
Out Of The Brooder
From: Cameron, TX
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Re: Dyed/Colored chicks @ Ideal Poultry?! Disturbing!!
I just want to clarify that the chicks are not dyed in the egg. The chicks that are dyed are primarily white leghorn males that would have been disposed of at a local leghorn hatchery that destorys the males as quickly as they are hatched. The chicks are colored with Adams food coloring and water and then put into an incubator to dry.
The poster that pointed out that it is the consumer's responsibility is correct. We have care instructions on each invoice and we also state in our sales information for the customers to check local and state laws concerning the sale of colored poultry. It is not illegal in Texas to dye chicks, actually only about 6-8 states haved banned the 'sale' of chicks within the state, even fewer have banned possesion, therefore they can purchase the chicks, they can just not resale them. But the laws do vary in some cases by city so we encourage our customers to be sure the chicks are legal in their jurisdiction.
As far as the colored chicks being meat birds only about 3000 of the 90,000 colored chicks we sell are meat birds. The others are male chicks that would have not made it out of the hatchery. If they can provide even a little joy for children for a while then why not offer that. Who knows it might just be the next subscriber to your board.
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Nevermind, my question was answered
Fattie you could have kept them... Sold them when they were older...
§ 10-614. Transfer or coloring of chick
(a) In this section, "chick" means a chicken, duckling, or other fowl under the age of 3 weeks.
(b) This section does not prohibit the sale or display of a chick in proper facilities by a breeder or store engaged in the business of selling chicks for commercial breeding and raising.
(c) A person may not:
(1) sell, offer for sale, barter, or give away a chick as a pet, toy, premium, or novelty; or
(2) color, dye, stain, or otherwise change the natural color of a chick.
(d) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $25.
Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
They were supposed to be a novelty item for Easter. I couldn't afford to feed them until full grown, and no one would buy full grown white Roosters. I would have lost even more money if I kept them.
I'm curious, is it also illegal for Ideal to ship them to states where they are not legal?
Not if they didn't know, like in my case. They do not have a list of states where it is illegal. It is up to us to find out before ordering. I made a boo-boo.
I WANT SOME
It is illegal in OK as well, to artificially dye any animal. There was a story last year of a whole sale fish store being shut down and their entire stock of dyed guppies being destroyed. If I remember right animal control didn't bother to remove some of the rest of the stock that were on the same filter system and killed more than just the guppies.