RANT: Tractor Supply won't sell less than six chicks!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by spacecowgirl, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    That's how I got into chickens. The feed store would only sell my son six, but the city only allowed three at the time. Now, I have a dozen, and my son gave up on chickens. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  2. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    In maine, its our state law, 6 chick minimum if you by from a store but you can buy any number direct from the farm. once they are over 8 weeks old (seems a bit too old) you can buy any number at the store. some cities say people can only have 4, so that makes it hard, what do you do with the extra 2 you had to buy?
  3. blessedchick

    blessedchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2011
    A three egg incubator? Do they sell those at TSC or is there a 6 egg minimum? [​IMG]
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    Many states do indeed have a minimum number of chicks you can buy (usually those that are younger than 4 weeks). In NH the minimum is 12. In ME the minimum is 8 I believe. Now these are the regulations for businesses such as Agway, TSC, etc. Private sellers aren't held to the same requirements provided they're selling on their own property.

    You'll have to get in touch with your state's Dept of Agriculture to see what the state requires.
  5. ericsplls

    ericsplls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Here at our local TSC it is six chicks minimum. If you go in at the busier times of the day it is not hard to find someone to split a box with you.
  6. Tigertrea

    Tigertrea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2012
    LaSalle Ontario Canada
    Our local feed store has a surcharge for any order under 10 chicks! I have to call my TSC yet. When I was in nobody knew anything. I hope their minimum is 6, though I've been planning for 10 lol.
  7. Kay56

    Kay56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2012
    Roanoke, Virginia's TS has the 6 chick minimum and I believe the Southern States does as well...they say it is state rule.
  8. Deviant

    Deviant Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    yea that is true I don't mind the whole buy 6 rule just because I want to start with 6. BUT if you buy 6 can you buy 2 more so you have 8 or is it 6 at a time so you would have to buy 12? LOL I should go in and ask that and when they say "you have to buy 6 at a time" then I would tell them that I want 100 BUT 6 does not go into 100 and come out even lol ok it is too early and I need sleep [​IMG]
  9. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    Our Rural King has always had 25 chick minimum. That's a lot of chicks. I never bought chicks from them. And yeah, it was at least in part to keep people right before Easter from buying a chick for their kids that they couldn't/wouldn't take care of...but 25 is still a lot. Sometimes when you walk in there are even dead ones back in the corners being trampled on by the other chicks, waterers are empty, etc. I can't look anymore. My neighbor went there at closing and found them throwing some weak ones in the DUMPSTER and took them all. They just needed some TLC and they are fine. Of course, they are all ROOS.
  10. Marct611

    Marct611 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2010
    Here in MA our TSC's all have the 6 chick min. I went in yesterday and bought 7. You can mix and match any combo you want of chicks as long as you get a minimum total of 6.

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