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Poultry Entry Requirements

Poultry moving from within a highly pathogenic avian influenza control zone must have a permit from the State Veterinarian in the state-of-origin and meet additional requirements. Click here for more information.

The following is a summary of Indiana's animal health laws governing the transportation of poultry and hatching eggs into Indiana. Indiana's poultry and hatching egg movement and testing laws may be found in 345 IAC 1-3-24 and 345 IAC 4. For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2400 or toll free at (877)747-3038, or click here to submit an e-mail inquiry.

"Poultry" means domesticated fowl, including the following:
(A) Chickens.
(B) Turkeys.
(C) Ostriches.
(D) Emus.
(E) Rheas.
(F) Cassowaries.
(G) Waterfowl.-"Waterfowl" means domesticated fowl that normally swim, such as ducks and geese.
(H) Game birds.-"Game birds" means domesticated fowl such as pheasants, partridge, quail, grouse, and guineas.
The term does not include doves and pigeons.

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection

One of the following documents must accompany poultry or hatching eggs moving into Indiana:

  • An official certificate of veterinary inspection completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to the animal entering Indiana

  • If the poultry or hatching eggs are from a flock participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), they can move with the appropriate NPIP inspection/testing/participation certificate or records.

The following animals are exempt from this documentation requirement:

  • Animals moved directly to an approved slaughtering or rendering establishment

  • Animals traveling to a facility for veterinary treatment that will return to the state-of origin

  • Animals traveling through the state without being unloaded

Entry Permit

Not required.


Prior to entering Indiana, poultry and hatching eggs must meet one of the following requirements:

  • The flock or hatchery of origin is participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan for the eradication of pullorum-typhoid and Mycoplasma gallisepticum in turkeys.

  • Each of the birds has tested negative for pullorum-typhoid within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to entering Indiana. Turkeys must also test negative for Mycoplasma gallisepticum within the thirty (30) days immediately prior to entering Indiana.


If the animal is to be entered in a livestock exhibition in Indiana, see also the Indiana Exhibition Requirements.