Due to the current outbreak of Avian Influenza in the United
States, please read the information below as it pertains to the
importation of game birds for field trials and hunting.
Importation of Game Birds for
Field Trials and Hunting
As the fall quickly approaches, many of you
will be purchasing game birds from out of state for subsequent
release for various purposes such as field trials, hunting,
general dog training, etc. Although the DEEP does not require
that you obtain a permit for the importation of game birds, the
CT Department of Agriculture does. This permitting process is
extremely important due to the current outbreak of Avian
Influenza in the United States and Canada.
The ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic
avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the United States is now the
largest such outbreak in the country's history. HPAI has been
confirmed in wild, captive, commercial and backyard birds in 21
states since December 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) has
confirmed 223 detections of HPAI H5 in backyard and commercial
poultry in 15 states, with over 48 million birds affected as of
early July 2015.
Here in CT we have over 4.9 million
commercial poultry. An outbreak of HPAI would be devastating to
the poultry industry in our state, and to our economy. Thus, we
are trying to take all the precautionary measures we can to
limit the probability of HPAI making it into our state. One
way is to make sure we have compliance with permitting and
testing of imported game birds. The Department of
Agriculture is monitoring the importation of game birds and thus
the requirement for a permit. This permitting process will
assure that all birds brought into the state are disease free.
How to Acquire a “Poultry
Importation Permit” in Accordance with Sec. 22-325
Determine what hatchery/source you are going to use to supply
the poultry, determine the type, and number of poultry as well
as the approximate arrival date.
the order with the hatchery.
same day you place the order call the Dept
of Agriculture at 860-713-2504 and speak with Charmaine Davis.
Please have the above information available. Explain that you
have placed an order for poultry and wish to obtain a permit to
import them into the state.
Charmaine will fill out the permit and mail it to you. The
permit should arrive at about the same time the poultry arrive.
(This is why it is important to call for the permit the same day
you call for the poultry order.)
5. The poultry you ordered must
come from an National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) approved
source. The health paperwork that accompanies the poultry will
reflect this. Either a NPIP symbol with corresponding registry
number, or an actual health certificate must accompany the
poultry into the state.
permit must be filled in on the bottom portion by you.
b. It must
be signed and dated by you.
c. The poultry health
certificate or NPIP certification form must be attached to the
permit and mailed back to the office.
PLEASE NOTE THE PERMIT WILL
EXPIRE WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF BEING ISSUED.
the office receives the poultry permit and proper health papers
the quarantine is released and mailed back to you.
7. These documents must be kept
on file. Please keep a copy of all health papers for your
Please call Mary Joaquin at the
Dept of Agriculture at 860-713-2540 with any questions or
Please note that imported birds are under
quarantine until released by the Department of Agriculture. The
game birds cannot be released, mixed with other birds or sold to
others until the permit has been returned and processed for
quarantine release by the Department of Agriculture. The
importer has 48 hours to return the completed written permit to
More information on HPAI and how it affects
hunting and hunters can be found in the CT DEEP Migratory Game
Bird Hunting Pamphlet and at:
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