Maryland Poultry

Poultry Information

​Avian influenza is a disease of birds caused by avian influenza Type A viruses. In December 2014, the United States Department on Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses in both domestic and wild birds in the United States. The MDA Animal Health personnel regularly conduct Avian Influenza surveillance and testing of poultry throughout the State. Please click on the link below for more information. 

Any Person with five of more poultry in Maryland must register their flock. Please click on the link below for a Maryland Poultry Premises Registration Form.

Except for birds sold for immediate slaughter, Maryland law requires any person distributing, offering for sale or selling hatching eggs, poultry or operating a hatchery to first obtain a permit annually. COMAR All hatching eggs and live poultry sold in Maryland must orginate from flocks and hatcheries participating in USDA's National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) or Maryland's equivalent program and permit holders must maintain adequate records, allow MDA to inspect as well as other requirements. Please contact MDA Animal Health for additional information. 

If you are selling eggs for human consumption, Maryland law requires a special permit. Please contact the MDA Food Quality Assurance Program at 410-841-5769 or email the Food Quality Assurance Program Manager Deanna Baldwin at for more information. 

Any poultry sold in Maryland are to be healthy and free of disease. This includes poultry sold at swap meets. Please click on the link below to read requirements for poultry sold at swap meets in Maryland. 
To follow updates on the fight against HPAI in Maryland check the Bird Flu Blog​ for the latest information.


Reportable Diseases of Poultry


Avian Influenza (Low Pathogenic and High Pathogenic)
Duck Viral Enteritis
Fowl Typhoid
Infectious Laryngotracheitis
Newcastle Disease
Pigeon Paramyxovirus
Pullorum Disease
Salmonella Enteritidis (egg type avian only)
Screw Worms
Suspected Foreign Animal Disease
West Nile Virus (Ratites only)