Importing to the U.S.

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by teresa42299, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. teresa42299

    teresa42299 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2013
    What are the laws for importing hatching eggs or birds into the U.S. from the U.K.?
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Call your state agriculture department, some states have livestock department I think. Federal regulations and of course any state can tack on more red tape so it's best to call your state department to get all the info pertinent to your area.

    Breeder websites I've seen in UK declare they will not ship to USA. Must be a lot of hoops to jump through from both ends of transit. If your the sender you can still call the destination states Ag Department for info.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2017
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    Start by contacting APHIS. Here are the regulations regarding importation of hatching eggs.

    And for live birds. They would have to be quarantined for 30 days, at your expense, at an approved facility.

    Then contact your state department of agriculture to see if they have any additional requirements. Probably your biggest problem would be finding someone in the UK willing to go through the hassle of getting health certificates, etc, and the shipping process.

    Be aware parts of the UK have confirmed cases of avian influenza at the moment. So getting anything imported soon may be problematical.

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