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flying chickens to Europe

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by marjkuhn, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. marjkuhn

    marjkuhn New Egg

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    hi all

    i have two chickens, 4 years old
    we r moving to europe
    chickies r vaccinated, chipped and meet conditions to b imported to england
    here is the hammer!
    i cannot find a airline willing to fly them!

    anybody out there with some contacts?
    willing to pay full seat price to fly my babies home with me.

    pretty pok pok please?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The easiest thing would be to get them declared therapy animals.

    Otherwise you'll have to go through all the USDA paperwork for shipping live poultry.
     
  3. marjkuhn

    marjkuhn New Egg

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    i do not mind the paper work, and i do not want to lie.
    we already have a fully trained assistance dog, so
    therapy chickens, really?
    my problem is the airlines

    they do not seem to want to fly chickens

    so again

    ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO HAS A CONTACT WIH AN AIRLINE?

    PLEASE HELP ME GET MY CHICKIES ON A PLANE!

    may ur hens lay many eggs in health and happiness
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I saw a news report a couple weeks ago of turkeys and pigs in seats on airplanes. They were therapy animals.
     
  5. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, Greenfire Farms imports rare breeds of chickens on a semi-regular basis. Maybe you could ask them to see if they fly them over?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Good idea...they may not fly them over, but might be a good resource to find a solution.
     
  7. Bonster

    Bonster Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, and when people lie about their pets being therapy animals, it makes it so much harder for people with actual needs to be taken seriously. Plus, therapy animal is not an ADA designation, so allowing them to fly is still at an airline's discretion, unlike a disability assistance animal like a seeing eye dog. It is entirely unethical to lie about this, and I'm glad the OP has already said they won't.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree completely. I'm just reporting what I saw on the news.
    Airline employees refused the animals until the person showed the letter.
     
  9. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    In the US chickens get shipped on cargo planes, not passenger planes. You should probably get in touch with the Department of Agriculture in the country to which you want your birds flown. Find out if they have any restrictions for imports from the US, see if any testing needs to be done and see what kind of quarantine they require if any. Ask them, and maybe the USDA, how you would go about shipping them.
     

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