Maryland Poultry

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Poultry Information

Registering Your Flock​​​- It's the law and it's free.

Any person with poultry in Maryland must register their birds. The critical information collected with the Maryland Poultry Premises Registration Form provides animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern and helps identify at risk animals and premises. All information collected remains confidential. Once complete, you may return your poultry registration form to our office by mail​ or by emailing it to animalhealth.mda@maryland.gov.  

Selling Live Poultry or Hatching Eggs

You must have a permit to sell live poultry or hatching eggs in Maryland. The only exceptions are poultry sold for immediate slaughter (COMAR 15.11.11.04) or at an approved auction market. To obtain a permit, complete the Permit to Sell Live Poultry & Hatching Eggs​. Please note: there are testing requirements, sanitation requirements and record keeping requirements for selling live poultry or hatching eggs. The objective of this permit is to prevent the spread of poultry diseases. If you do not wish to obtain a permit to sell live poultry or hatching eggs you are free to sell poultry at any livestock auction in Maryland.

Selling Table Eggs

The Maryland Egg law requires all eggs sold in the state meet standards for safety, quality, labeling and weight. Everyone selling eggs, even small backyard producers, must comply with it. The law is designed to ensure that Maryland consumers have wholesome, high quality eggs. The MDA Food Quality Assurance Program is responsible for enforcing this law. 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 for more information. You may also reach Food Quality Assurance Program Director Deanna Baldwin by email: deanna.baldwin@maryland.gov.  

Poultry Swap Meet Policy

Any poultry sold in Maryland must be healthy and free of disease. This includes poultry sold at swap meets. Swap meet poultry sellers are required to have poultry premises registration and to maintain records of all sales. View the Maryland Poultry Swap Meet Policy for more information. Contact MDA Animal Health: 410-841-5810 for any questions.


National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP

The National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) is a national program in collaboration with state and federal departments of agriculture and industry representatives. The main objective of the NPIP is to use new diagnostic technology to effectively improve poultry and poultry products throughout the United States. The NPIP provides certification that poultry and poultry products destined for interstate and international shipments are free of program diseases. The NPIP program standards includes, testing negative for pullorum-typhoid and avian influenza, sanitation biosecurity, and record keeping requirements.  If you are interested in becoming NPIP certified, please contact animal health at: 410-841-5810 or by email: animalhealth.mda@maryland.gov.


Authorized Poultry Testing Agents

In Maryland, Authorized Poultry Testing Agents are trained by state animal health officials to administer and record routine tests for pullorum-typhoid bacteria and to collect samples for avian influenza testing for the NPIP program and for exhibition purposes. They provide a critical function to assist MDA in disease surveillance in the state. Maryland residents over 18 years of age may apply to become Maryland Authorized Poultry Testing Agents upon successful completion of the the Maryland Authorized Poultry Testing Agent Certification Class. Classes are offered once a year at our laboratories in Frederick and Salisbury. For more information including the date of an upcoming class contact: MDAPoultry.Testers@maryland.gov
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Reportable Diseases of Poultry

 

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