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Maryland Chicken Laws

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by ChuckenGirl, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody know them?
    I researched them and dont understand any of it, so if someone could clarify on the laws it would be much appreciated.
     
  2. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you can post a link to what you've read I can take a look at it.

    ~Phyllis
     
  3. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    foxtrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here, read this one instead, it's clearer. As long as you're under 3,000 birds, you're exempt from the fees and such.

    http://www.mda.state.md.us/pdf/egg_law_synop.pdf

    It is the law to register flocks in Maryland. Avian influenza fear driven. Records have been pulled at some feed stores to find unregistered flocks.

    If you try to sell eggs at the various farmers markets you will likely be asked to produce your registration papers as an egg seller before being allowed to sell at the market.
     
  5. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I wouldn't say those are applicable to your situation because these appear to reference commercial poultry operations. It looks like you state does a lot of commerical egg prodcution, and most state laws are geared towards that.

    Howver, I just did some quick research,and I did find this link for various "right to farm regulations" for each county:

    Maryland County Agricultural Information

    I suspect that the difference between a "farm" and "backyard chicken" is defined at this level.

    So I'd start with the link for your county.

    ~Phyllis
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  6. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Well, one caveat: this is only about commerical production and not back yard flaocks, so it's not apllicable to her situation.

    ~Phyllis
     
  7. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh ok, since im not a huge hatchery or have tons and tons of birds i dont have to register for anything? but what if i want to sell my eggs on a little road side shack?
     
  8. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Well - not exactly. Before you come to that conclusion and act on it you should really be confident your state and local laws support your conclusion and intent. I can't tell you if they do because I can't offer you legal advice, and I also wouldnÂ’t rely solely on what anyone tells you on BYC because unless someone who responds to you is licensed to practice law in Maryland they shouldn't offering legal advice either.

    You don't necessarily need to consult an attorney, but again, only you can decide what your comfort level might be with the information you have so far.

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    ~Phyllis
     
  9. aniecruz1987

    aniecruz1987 New Egg

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    Any person, firm or corporation, keeping, feeding, or causing to be kept or fed, or permitting to be kept or fed, on premises over which such person, firm or corporation may have control, four or less hares, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, doves, pigeons, parrots of any species, game birds of any species or wild animals of any species except those animals prohibited by Section 50 of this Code, shall keep same in coops or enclosures that are approved by the Director of Public Health.

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    Aniecruz

    Maryland Alcohol Addiction Treatment
     
  10. jomercer

    jomercer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Backyard flocks in Maryland with 5 or more birds need to be registered.

    It's loud and clear on this page http://www.mda.state.md.us/animal_health/poultryreg/index.php

    >Who
    needs to register?
    >All individuals involved in keeping or caring for all types of poultry, which include; small households, poultry production, production facilities, suppliers, dealers, haulers, wholesalers, live bird markets and >exhibition exhibitors. Anyone owning 5 birds or more for greater than 120 days in a 12 month period are required to register.
     

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