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#109791 - 06/10/13 05:19 AM transporting chickens
Heather Offline
New Egg

Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 9
Loc: New Hampshire
Does anyone know if there are any regulations for moving poultry from NH to Co.? We are moving and want to bring our birds. Also any ideas on doing this? We have 55 birds. Thank you

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#109810 - 06/11/13 12:55 AM Re: transporting chickens [Re: Heather]
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
Hopefully someone who is knowledgeable in interstate poultry movements will be along to help you.
You might also like to check with your local authority in Co, to find out what the regulations are regarding keeping poultry.

For the actual moving, you will need to keep them in some kind of confinement, (collapsible dog crates are good but 55 is a lot of birds to care for during their journey), but it needs to be well aerated, that is, cool and un-cramped where they may overheat, and be mindful of keeping water available for them too. I do not know what distance you will be covering, or if you are transporting them yourselves, but as you will be coming into your summer, the temperatures are likely to be rising too.

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#109812 - 06/11/13 08:54 AM Re: transporting chickens [Re: Foehn]
CJR Offline
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8490
Loc: Montana
Need more information about the birds as well as your transportation, enclosed vehicle/vahicles? Truck --enclosed?-. Horses, other livestock, usually require inspection papers, but when we used to move with our horses, we had the papers, but were never stopped at a State border. Chickens in exposed crates, as going to market, would certainly be stopped at some borders, but in private vehicles, enclosed, I cannot imagine being stopped. Usually there is just a sign that says you are entering (State) and a few direction signs. Trucks may have to stop at weigh stations, others may have rules that they know. And as Foehn says, temperature is very important. You cannot Express Mail chickens with the PO during hot weather, even by air. Poultry Shows in many States require vaccination for Avian Flu, but no one inspects them on the way to the show, from another state, just on arrival at the Show. I think, your crating and caring for them en route is the big plan needed.
However, are these a special flock of breeding birds for exhibition or sale, when you are resettled? Or are they a home flock of layers for your own use? All mature birds? CJR

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