Hey Everyone, I wanted to share some news. I have been incredibly fortunate to get connected with a long time poultry breeder in England with over 40 years of experience raising and breeding large and bantam fowl He has been working with Bob (one of the best known Orpington breeders in the UK) who can take credit for some of the newer colors in orpingtons like red , Cuckoo , lavender Cuckoo (which only a few pairs of each exist in the world) and are not yet available in the US. He lives just over 10 min. from the late DR Clive Carefoot, who first discovered the chocolate gene from the black orpington bantam in the mid 90's. All of his chocolate orpingtons are from that original blood line. I, myself, am in the process of importing some birds from him. This has been in the works for a while and has been kind of difficult jumping through all the hoops to get the ok to go on his part. He now has his certificate from DEFRA allowing him to export... the only one with chocolate orps whom is able to do so from what we know of. http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/ From our side, things are much easier though it is time consuming and expensive. We'll need a vet on this side to examine the birds and quarantine them for 30 days @ $20 per day per bird + vet. fees. We'll have to arrange flight plans and pick up. Import centers will pick up the birds from the international flight... we'll just need to arrange travel from there after the 30 days. Im not sure if anyone else is interested in getting started in this variety or any of the other varieties and would have the means but, I would like for others to do so as I have only the funds for 1 trio. If we can share some of the expense like import permit, booking flight for the birds, etc... we can get an entire flock at a much cheaper price. If not, I would most certainly hit a wall as far as genetic diversity goes in a couple of years would appreciate the ability to trade without resorting to doing the whole split thing. USDA Requirements · All hatching eggs of poultry imported into the United States must be accompanied by a USDA import permit VS Form 17-129 (except through a land border port from Canada). · Current veterinary health certificate issued by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the national government in the exporting country of origin. · Some hatching eggs are required to be quarantined for a minimum of 30 days upon entry into the United States. · FDA Imported food requirement Animal Import Centers are located in: Los Angeles New York - I live app. 4 hours from here and plan to drive to pick up mine. Miami Please Pm me if you are interested. I'll give you the run-down of cost and connect you with the breeder. How very exciting this is. When your husband asks you what you'd like for Christmas, tell him CHOCOLATE!!!! Thanks.