Okay, I try to get answers to the question of how to import birds to the US for a while now. You can find a carrier for transport that will charge the same as or less than a passenger ticket with a regular airline. But before that you need to find a breeder that is okay with a very detailed examination of his/hers compleed flock by a national government veterinarian of the exporting country ie Germany. Certificate must be in English or have the English translation.
This point have to be included in the health certificat:
- The flock(s) of origin were found upon inspection to be free from evidence of communicable diseases of poultry;
- No exotic Newcastle disease has occurred on the premises of origin or on adjoining premises during the 90 days immediately preceding the date of movement of the eggs from such region; and
- As far as it has been possible to determine, such flock(s) were not exposed to such disease during the preceding 90 days.
- At least 5 percent (%) or a minimum of 150 birds from the flock of origin were negative for egg drop syndrome (EDS 76). This statement does not apply to hatching eggs or poults of turkeys.
- The flock of origin was tested negative for Salmonella enteritidis (SE) within 30 days by environmental culture, and there is no evidence or knowledge of SE present in the flock
- The flock(s) of origin for the hatching eggs were not vaccinated against any H5 or H7 subtype of avian influenza. The shipment will not transit through any regions where APHIS considers highly pathogenic avian influenza to exist, as listed here.
- The flocks of origin have been vaccinated against Newcastle disease (avian paramyxovirus) at least 21 days prior to export, using vaccines that do not contain any velogenic strains of Newcastle disease virus.
One problem you will run in, is that show breeders vaccinate against salmonella to prevent a infection at shows. This birds will never test negativ for salmonella again. And most vaccines contain "living" strains of a virus. So you have to find a vaccine that is allowed to be used for your flock in Germany and in the US.
Than find a breeder that will open up to the officials after all the horror stories I heard about quick-tests that showed wrong results and caused the culling of healthy flocks with in hours after the inspector showed up.
True or not, I am happy that my district vet is a poultry guy and loves this racing pigions and crowers.
All birds must be quarantined for a minimum of 30 days at a USDA Animal Import Center. I think you only have three Animal Import Centers for all the US, find a breeder that is okay to sell you a bird that is his pride and joy, knowing that it will sit 30 days in a small cage in a maybe crowded lab-like building, handled and fed by someone staffer that may not even care about if it and has no interessed in it surviving the quarantine.
So money is not the biggest problem here.
Edited by Bine - 2/20/16 at 12:16am