What Are The Laws For Selling Chicks in Maine?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MEH0806, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. MEH0806

    MEH0806 In the Brooder

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    Is there a website that anyone can reference?

    My husband and I are considering breeding our silkie chicks in the Spring to sell. We would like to ensure that we follow and abide by all applicable laws (if there are any).... Can anyone provide guidance on this?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    I would first check with your state NPIP office. In MO, most people ignore it but it is required for a flock to be NPIP tested for sales.
    If you're inside city limits you may need a business license.
    How do silkies hold up in that climate?
     
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  3. MEH0806

    MEH0806 In the Brooder

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    There isn't much city where we are :) it's pretty rural. This is our first winter with them - we're very new to the whole chicken experience, but quickly falling in love with them. We had a hard time finding silkies, but I don't know if that is due to their uniqueness or their hardiness. That being said, we'd really like to have more and we ended up with 1 rooster out of the 4 birds. Maine climate is pretty mild most of the year, but the winters do get chilly. The state fairs usually have silkies shown, so I know other folks do keep them. We'll probably keep a heat lamp going for them throughout the winter, but they are paired with some larger breeds and we have often seen them snuggle.

    I will check for the NPIP - thanks for the tip!!

    -Morgan
     
  4. regalado70

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    I have white silkies and barred rocks just put 10 silkie eggs In the incubator. I sold a pair of silkie about 2 months old for $10 was that too cheap? I'm wondering which would sell better plain silkie or crossed with barred rock
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    Pure breeds always sell better than mutts. One can usually find barnyard mixes for little or even free.

    I doubt a heat lamp will be sufficient for silkies in a Maine winter.
     
  6. MEH0806

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    So far so good - the silkies are holding up well and it's dry and relatively warm in the coop!
     

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