January 19, 2021 - We recently became aware of detections of H5 and H7 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in wild waterfowl in Genesee County. These detections are the result of routine surveillance sampling conducted by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services. H5 and H7 LPAI are the subtypes of avian influenza most likely to recombine into forms that may result in a significant health threat to commercial poultry and humans. Wild waterfowl carrying H5 or H7 avian influenza could introduce this potentially dangerous virus into domestic poultry flocks by direct contact or through their feces. Poultry producers should take the precautions necessary to prevent the introduction of disease onto their farms. More information on protecting poultry flocks and the importance of good biosecurity can be found here.
There are a variety of diseases that poultry owners should be aware of. These include:
- Avian Influenza
- Virulent Newcastle Disease
Diseases need to be reported to the Department when they meet certain criteria.
It is important to be aware that people can play a role in the spread of disease by carrying the virus on their hands, shoes, and clothing. Good biosecurity practices are essential to prevent the introduction and spread of disease in a poultry flock. View the documents below to learn how to limit the spread of disease.
H5 and H7 LPAI
January 19, 2021 - The Department is aware of detections of H5 and H7 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in wild waterfowl in Genesee County. These detections are the result of routine surveillance sampling conducted by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services. H5 and H7 LPAI are the subtypes of avian influenza most likely to recombine into forms that may result in a significant health threat to commercial poultry and humans. Wild waterfowl carrying H5 or H7 avian influenza could introduce this potentially dangerous virus into domestic poultry flocks by direct contact or through their feces. Poultry producers should take the precautions necessary to prevent the introduction of disease onto their farms. Learn more about protecting poultry flocks and the importance of good biosecurity.
Import & Export
The requirements for importing poultry into New York State for any purpose other than slaughter are:
- A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days prior to entry or a USDA VS Form 9-3.
- Adherence to testing requirements:
- Poultry must be from an NPIP US Pullorum-Typhoid Clean flock or be tested for pullorum-typhoid within 90 days prior to entry.
- Poultry must be from an NPIP US H5/H7 Avian Influenza Clean Flock or from a flock in which 30 birds were tested for avian influenza within 10 days prior to entry. If there are less than 30 birds in the flock, test all birds.
Identification Requirements for Pet Birds
Learn more about new requirements for the importation of non-US origin pet birds.
All hatching eggs and day-old poultry imported into New York State must be from a flock that is certified US Pullorum-Typhoid Clean and US H5/H7 Avian Influenza Clean (or US Avian Influenza Clean).
Live Bird Marketing System
Please call (518) 457-3502 for requirements for poultry entering the New York Live Bird Marketing System. Only authorized poultry dealers may deliver poultry to New York live bird markets
New York City
In addition to New York State import requirements, animals whose destination is within New York City may be subject to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations. Poultry entering New York City for any reason must meet these regulations. Please visit their website or call (646) 364-1783.
The USDA has jurisdiction over international movement of animals. Any questions about international movement of animals or animal products should be directed to a USDA office. The New York USDA office phone number is (518) 218-7540.
Information about the 2022 fair admission requirements will be posted below when it is available, as well as on our Fairs page.
Programs & Permits
Domestic Animal Health Permits
The Department is concerned with animal disease control and traceability in all animals, including poultry. To provide adequate control of infectious and communicable diseases, permits are issued to those who deal in, handle, and transport domestic animals. Any person who buys or sells poultry is an animal dealer and must have a Domestic Animal Health Permit.
The National Poultry Improvement Program
The National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) is a voluntary state–Federal cooperative testing and certification program for poultry breeding flocks, baby chicks, poults, hatching eggs, hatcheries, and dealers. The objective of the NPIP is to provide a cooperative state–Federal program through which new technology can effectively be applied to the improvement of poultry and poultry products by establishing standards for the testing of poultry breeding stock, baby chicks, poults, and hatching eggs with respect to freedom from certain diseases.
A NPIP US Pullorum-Typhoid Clean status may be required by poultry shows or purchasers of birds or hatching eggs from your flock. The Department tests and inspects poultry flocks and hatcheries in New York State for certification in the plan. To qualify, up to 300 birds in your flock over four months of age must test negative to a pullorum- typhoid blood test. In addition, your facility needs to pass an inspection on the day of the test.
A completed NPIP application must be sent in every year prior to each flock test and inspection. Please note that processing can take 30 days or more. After that, an inspector will call you to schedule an appointment.