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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Indiana State Board of Animal Health

BOAH > Species Information > Avian/Birds > Backyard Poultry Backyard Poultry

Indiana defines poultry as: chickens, turkeys, ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries, waterfowl (domesticated fowl that normally swim, such as ducks, geese and swans), game birds (domesticated fowl such as pheasants, pea fowl, partridge, quail, grouse, and guineas).

 

Indiana Poultry Entry Requirements

Will you be purchasing birds from another state?
Click here  for Indiana's bird entry requirements.

 

Record Keeping Requirements

Bird owners are required to maintain records of flock additions and removals for 3 years. This requirement is part of Indiana's Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule, but was adopted in the wake of the 2015 highly pathogenic avian flu event that impacted more than 200 farms with 48 million birds.

Records must include: names and addresses of buyer and seller, sale date, breed, sex, number of animals and reason for movement.

Example Record Keeping Sheet PDF
(NOTE: Poultry owners do not have to use this form, but it is provided as an example.)

Poultry species DO NOT have to be individually identified. But, if the birds do have identification such as a band, then the identification needs to be noted in the poultry movement records.

Premises registration of poultry sites is encouraged, but not required.
Click here for information on premises registration and to register your premises.

 

Indiana Exhibition Requirements

Click here for Indiana's Exhibition Requirements.

Recommended Practices to Protect Avian Health at Indiana Poultry Shows and Exhibitions

 

Keep Your Birds Healthy

Biosecurity means doing everything you can to keep your birds free from disease. "Bio" refers to life, and "security" indicates protection. Biosecurity is the key to keeping your poultry healthy. It is what you do to reduce the chances of a disease being introduced to your birds by people, animals, equipment, or vehicles.

Be sure to follow simple hygiene steps such as keeping cages and equipment clean and not sharing supplies with other bird owners. Minimize/reduce contact between your birds and wild birds. 

A free flock health screening is available through the Indiana State Poultry Association's T-12 program.
T-12 program information PDF

For more information on biosecurity for birds go to: USDA Biosecurity for Birds.

 

Health & Disease Information

Winter Preparation and Biosecurity for Poultry

 

Eggs & Meat

The Indiana Egg Board registers individuals and companies to sell eggs. For more information visit the egg board's website at: www.ansc.purdue.edu/iseb/.

BOAH's Meat & Poultry Inspection Division oversees the inspection and sale of meat and poultry products in Indiana. For information about requirements for selling poultry at farmers markets or directly to consumers view  Indiana's Requirements for Selling Meat & Poultry Products at Farmers Markets. 

 

Poultry Links

Purdue University Poultry Resources