Poultry is defined as livestock that are turkeys, chickens, waterfowl and game birds raised in captivity, excluding pigeons and doves.
Poultry and ratites imported into the state that move directly to a state or federally licensed slaughter establishment are exempt from the requirements in this part.
All hatching eggs, poultry and ratites must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection, Plan Form VS 9-3 Report of Sale of Eggs, Chicks, and Poults or an equivalent form as approved by the Board.
An import permit must be obtained from the Board prior to importation of hatching eggs, poultry or ratites into the state. The application for an annual import permit must be endorsed by the official animal health agency of the state or country of origin and indicate that the requirements of this part have been met. A single move import permit can be obtained by completing and returning the single move request form or by calling 320-231-5170.
All hatching eggs, poultry, and ratites imported into Minnesota must:
- Originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified pullorum-typhoid clean under the plan; or
- Be individually identified with a leg or wing band and be negative to a pullorum-typhoid test conducted within 30 days prior to importation.
Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae
Chicken hatching eggs, chicks, and chickens from commercial egg-type or meat-type chicken hatcheries or breeding flocks and all turkey hatching eggs, poults, and turkeys imported into the state must:
- Originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified Mycoplasma gallisepticum clean and Mycoplasma synoviae clean under the plan; or
- Be individually identified with a leg or wing band and be negative to a Mycoplasma gallisepticum and a Mycoplasma synoviae test within 30 days prior to importation.
Chicken hatching eggs, chicks, and chickens imported into Minnesota from commercial egg-type chicken hatcheries or breeding flocks must originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that is classified Salmonella enteritidis clean under the plan.
Turkey hatching eggs, poults, and turkeys imported into the state from commercial turkey hatcheries or breeding flocks must originate from a hatchery or breeding flock that meets the requirements of the sanitation monitored program of the plan.
Only new or cleaned and disinfected poultry boxes or containers shall be used to ship baby poultry into the state.
For questions related to the importation of hatching eggs, poultry, or ratites, please call the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory at 320-231-5170.