Moving from CA to TX with chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kathasaurus, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. kathasaurus

    kathasaurus Hatching

    Sep 7, 2008
    We are moving to TX from CA. Does anyone know the laws about crossing state lines with poultry?? When you enter TX, they open and search your vehicle. We would hate to have issues or fines. That and I would be just heart broken if we had to find homes for our girls.
    Thanks so much
    ~kathasaurus very proud keeper of 22 hens, 1 rooster, 2 dogs, 1 cat and a husband

  2. Whisper

    Whisper In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2009
    When you enter TX, they open and search your vehicle.

    They do? They sure don't when you're coming in on the eastern border. Not that I'm running a chicken smuggling ring or anything, but we moved back to TX this spring and nobody was rummaging under the seats for random hens.​
  3. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    I have no clue, hopefully someone will answer your question, but what part of Texas are you moving to? (I hope all goes well with your move!) [​IMG]
  4. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Songster

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Why would they open and search your vehicle when entering Texas and who on earth would be the ones doing that?

    I live in TX and have driven back and forth across state lines more times than I can count. Never been stopped. Never been searched.

    Now if you want to show poultry that originates out of state, there are special rules. But if you are simply travelling here and bringing your pets, who is gonna know?
  5. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    I was told at the show in Colombia Missouri, that it is illegal to move birds across State lines even if you are N.P.I.P. certified. That does not make sense to me, because people ship birds across State lines all the time, and that is legal. It does not make sense to outlaw moving them. That is what I was told.
  6. FowlDelights

    FowlDelights In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2009
    Elgin, Tx
    We also are moving from CA to TX. In the past 5 years I've made the trip roughly 25 times. There are no stops where your vehicle is searched. There is one that looks for illegals but all they do is ask if your american. If you look hispanic or have a foreign accent then you will get probed in more depth. There is nothing relating to animals of any kind on your trips, except for commerical truckers.

    If by chance your taking the 10 freeway: exit 200 in arizona has the best gas/diesel prices, then exit 37 in texas (el paso). For lodging, exit 20 or 22 in Lordsburg, NM or Demming, NM (don't remember exit #). It's about $35 for a single individual. Not the classiest places, but comfortable enough for a sleep over. The way I travel (truck and 16' trailer) I make it to Lordsburg or Demming the first day depending on when I leave in the morning. I get to my place just outside austin on the second day (~ 1,400 miles).

    I would suggest taking the Phoenix bypass (exit 112). It is a side route which, in total, is about 8 miles longer in distance, but about 30 minutes shorter in time depending on traffic. If you chose to go through Phoenix try to time it where you miss the rush hour traffic (10 to 2). Same for El Paso.

    Rest stops are your friend. Try not to make your trip during the summer months.

    If you need any more information I'll be happy to provide it.

    Good Luck.

  7. elrod

    elrod In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2009
    Wilson Oklahoma
    I don't mean to put a damper on anything, but we live just thirty miles north of the TX border on I-35. When you cross into TX there is a large sign about declaring all livestock and vehicles are subject to search. I would reccomend you obtain some sort of health papers from your local vet, this will help you cross most state lines.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009

  8. Whisper

    Whisper In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2009
    *shifty eyes*

    Maybe they just don't trust you Okies . . .

  9. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    Quote:It's okay, they don't trust us either. [​IMG] I have to have all the works if I want to rodeo over there.

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