minimum chick purchase in New York State

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Mcse4u, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Mcse4u

    Mcse4u Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2017
    Apalachin, NY
    There is a law in NYS that you must purchase at least 6 chicks if they are under 8 weeks old. I assume this is to prevent people from giving one chick as a gift to a kid for Easter. However, I was really only planning to start my new backyard chicken hobby with 4 chicks. Does anyone know if there is a way to get the local Tractor Supply or Agway stores to sell me just 4 chicks, if I show them the receipts for the coop I just bought, and all the materials for a hen house?
    I was even thinking, heck, at only $4 each, I'll be happy to pay for 6 and only take 4. Think that would work?
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    Some places will let you, others wont..

    I'd look for smaller hardware or feed stores and try. That law is in most, if not all states - but local 'True Value' Hardware stores here get chicks, and many will let you buy less than 6..
  3. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Find someone else that wants some and then you can buy what you need, like 8 chicks so you each have 4.
  4. cd williams

    cd williams New Egg

    Oct 20, 2017
    Where do you live? I am looking for a town in the southern tier that allows backyard chickens. How do you find out?

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