August 06. 2012 9:32PM
Chickens: Now legal by less than the dozen in NH
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
The is how the legislative system is supposed to work. A Free State Project participant, Ron Paul endorsing state rep talks to a constitute about how he can make the state more free. The constitute brings up a concern. The state rep writes up a law and gets it passed.
Now there is additional economic freedom in NH. Now it is easier for people to be healthier in NH. Now there will be positive effects on businesses in NH, because of this new law, which repealed an old, bad law.
DERRY — It's recently become a lot easier to raise backyard chickens in New Hampshire due to the repeal of a law requiring folks to buy chicks by the dozen. The man who sponsored the bill, Derry state Rep. Andrew Manuse, is celebrating by raising some hens of his own.
Manuse said he first heard of the law requiring people to buy a minimum of 12 chicks from his friends, Michael and Erica Layon.“What really bothered me is I could have crossed the border into Maine or Massachusetts and bought as many chicks as I wanted to,” said Erica Layon. “But I didn't want to break the law over chickens.”
At a time when having access to fresh, local, organic food is increasingly important to people, Manuse said it was time for the law to go.“With the factory farms forcing chickens into one-foot-by-one-foot cages and injecting them with hormones, it gets to the point where you don't want to put this stuff in your body,” said Manuse. “And we're conservatives talking here, so that should raise some eyebrows about our food supply.”The repeal should have a positive effect on business, said Garth Witty of Blue Seal Feed and Grain in Milford.For Manuse, the repeal of the law means his own family can reap the benefits of a back yard chicken coop. He recently purchased three chicks.
“Because we repealed this law, my family is able to get in the game,” said Manuse. “My daughter is loving it.”