Regulations on Shipping Fertile Eggs w/o NPIP

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by MagpieDucks, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Preserving Orpington Bantams

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    Wondering how this works...

    I’ve seen quite a few auction posts on here that are from people who are not part of the NPIP program. Is this legal? Aren’t there specific importation laws for each state? Any education on this subject is appreciated.
     
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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Every state has their own import regulations. There are a very few states that do not require NPIP for importing hatching eggs or live poultry. Those states will require a minimum of a Veterinarian Certificate of Health of the flock and some will also require proof of passing testing for specific diseases within a specified amount of time. Three months is a common length of time.

    The rest of the states require more. With many states a copy of the NPIP certificate is acceptable. Some require both NPIP and the Veterinarian Certificate of Health along with testing for certain specified diseases. Some states even require an Import Permit if the chicks are not coming from a registered hatchery.

    There are many people on here and on eBay who are illegally shipping hatching eggs and some are even shipping live chicks illegally. Some use the claim that NPIP does not insure that the source is disease free as an excuse. Some don't want the intrusion into their life that being NPIP requires.

    Right now California is having its own nightmare because someone illegally brought an infected fighting cock into California. Someone wanting to protect their pet birds from the quarantine and euthanasia going on in California, illegally moved their infected birds to Utah thus spreading the disease. Now it has been spread to Arizona due to another person illegally moving their birds across state lines.

    Some people have the mistaken idea that the hatching eggs can't spread diseases but that is not the case. There are diseases that can be spread via hatching eggs.

    It is the responsibility of the person receiving the hatching eggs or birds to demand that the person shipping provide the required paperwork to make the shipment legal. There are people that claim to be NPIP but they do not provide the required paperwork thereby making the shipment illegal.
     
  3. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Preserving Orpington Bantams

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    Thank you very much for this insightful post!
     
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