New York State Six Chicken Law?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by MissCluck, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. MissCluck

    MissCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have read on a website that sells chickens here in New York State (local farm - no shipping) that chickens are sold in lots of six or more ONLY in accordance with State Law.

    I can't find any information on this law.

    When I set up my little chicken home I will not have room for six. I will have room for three, maybe four.

    Am I going to run into this problem with any places that I want to buy from?
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    its like that in mass also...minimum of 6 ...
  3. DarkUnicorn

    DarkUnicorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    Walden, NY
    Yes NY has that silly law. [​IMG] I did look it up but don't remember where it was... I think it was under the agricultural laws.... I want to add another two or three myself but not 6.

    It was passed to try to discourage people from buying cute little chicks at Easter then abandoning them.

    Try to find someone else who wants some chicks near you and hook up with them.

    Or try to find someone who sells started pullets.
  4. NorTracNY

    NorTracNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Macedon, NY
    Yes, it's true, but if you buy it from someone they often will just charge you for 6 and let you walk away with however many you want <6. I think it also may apply to just chicks. I took the 6 and just ate the one when it got big.
  5. MissCluck

    MissCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah - thanks everyone. May change how big my hen house is going to have to be because I'm not going to be able to eat my chickens
    [​IMG]. I get too attached and I KNOW I'm going to have many ancient old non layers eventually.

    I wonder if a private chicken place would work with me if I was able to prove my accommodations and intentions were good.
  6. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Where in NY and what are you looking for?
  7. DarkUnicorn

    DarkUnicorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    Walden, NY
    There's an age limit on the 6 chick minimum. I want to say 12 weeks...after that as few as you want.... If you can find them!

    Like I said it's been a while since I looked. I couldn't believe it when the local Agway old me that so I looked it up.

    A local breeder may help you out. One did for me. He understood I had 3 already and didn't want a huge flock.....

    Well now I'm addicted.... and may hatch a few this spring [​IMG]
  8. MissCluck

    MissCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I did find a local breeder near the Town of Macedon that is willing to work with me. They also explained the age factor.

    That's good news.

    I'm in the Finger Lakes Region and am hoping to get Buff Orps or Wyandottes.
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  9. oakledge

    oakledge New Egg

    Feb 23, 2009
    I'm planning on purchasing Buff Orp's & Black Australorps& maybe a couple of Delawares.

    Live in Saugerties, NY

    would love to share an order as some of the hatcheries have minimum shipments that are much more that what I need- often they require you to buy 25- and I'd only want about 8.

    sens me a note if you're interested in sharing an order.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    6 min in Va too. It is to prevent all the cute litte chick purchases at easter and then no one wanting to deal with the big chickens months later. If you buy 6 you should know what you are getting in to.

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