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Question about chicks for sale at TSC

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Robin'sBrood, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    So, I needed chicken food and decided to head on over to my local TSC (with $5 off coupon in hand), and I thought I would just *see* if they had chicks while I was there. [​IMG] No chicks yet [​IMG] but they had the big wash tubs set up ready for them and the manager said they're expecting them any day this week. [​IMG] Somehow I wound up with starter crumble and a heat lamp in my cart. [​IMG]

    My question is, why were there signs up that said that chick customers HAVE to provide their names and addresses? Why does TSC want to know personal information about customers buying chicks from them? Just curious. [​IMG]

    Just a FYI - you HAVE to buy at least 6 chicks from them now too.
  2. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    Wow, they didn't do that at mine last year. I'm curious to know why they need this info as well.
  3. galwaybay

    galwaybay Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    My guess would be a watered down version of the NAIS is the reason TSC is trying to get your info. I would check on it. It is a big issue for horse owners in texas, along with anyone else who has livestock. The intent is to register EVERY "livestock"-type animal in the country so that they can "monitor" and track disease. I would be wary of this and try to find out some more info from the store manager as to why they are implementing this policy. I personally don't think it is any of their business!
  4. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Yep, it's kind of pushing me towards buying chicks from a local farm instead of TSC. Maybe it's just in case they need to do some kind of recall on chicks they sell, due to illness? [​IMG] I wonder if hatcheries like MM or Ideal, etc. are having to keep/report customers' personal info too.
  5. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    did your state pass a law stating that you have to buy a minimum number of chicks, rabbits and ducklings? Ive seen alot of that on here lately in certain states, its to prevent the dumping of them after Easter. If so than thats why they want your contact info.
  6. galwaybay

    galwaybay Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    I think that ideal and MM keep info just because chick orders are like invoices for a product or service. If there is a problem, they can look up your info to try to resolve it. However, I would post a question to see if there are any breeders in your area. That would probably be your best option. I'm not liking that TSC is doing that. It is bad enough that the government is trying to implement this horrible idea, but a private company has no business doing this on their own. I hope this is not a new law in your state! If it is, I wouls start raising hell with the local media, editorials, etc.!
  7. Chicktastic

    Chicktastic Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Which TSC is this? I was in the burlington store the other day and idn't see the sign. But then again they were just setting things up.

    Does anyone know aboutt he quality of the chicks from TSC? A few years ago I had luck with some barred rocks from there but that could have just been luck!!
  8. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
  9. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2008
    Sandusky County,Ohio
    When I bought chicks from TSC last year,I ended up with ALL ROOSTERS.I bought 12 and everyone was a dang rooster!![​IMG] So be leary buying from them or you will have my problem.I'm thinking the hatchery they bought the chicks from did that on purpose.I'm getting ducks from them but we don't care about that because there just pets for my kids.[​IMG]
    Oh and they didn't need my info either.That may be just if you want to pre-order them.[​IMG]
  10. cockadoodle

    cockadoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Not just TSC.
    When I bought my chicks at the Brighton Merchantile Mart a couple weeks ago, they did the same thing. I scribbled in some unreadable digits on the form and went my merry way. I'm new to all of this, so didn't catch that this wasn't a standard thing they do every year. I see pros and cons I guess...God knows I filled out a lot more paperwork to get my new kitten earlier this year. [​IMG]

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