Who Gives a Cluck?: NH Designates Official Poultry
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A chicken breed known for its ability to withstand cold winters is now the official state poultry of New Hampshire.
With several birds in attendance, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Monday signed a bill bestowing the honor on the New Hampshire Red, which was derived from the Rhode Island Red breed in the 1930s.
Fourth graders from Canaan Elementary School proposed the legislation, arguing it was a good choice because the bird's intelligence, hardiness and other qualities are representative of New Hampshire residents.
But even the official state poultry could end up in trouble under another chicken-related bill Sununu signed last month. Under the trespassing fowl law, anyone who lets their chickens onto someone else's property can be convicted of a violation if the birds damage crops or property.