New Indiana Poultry Record Keeping Requirements

by Caitlyn Andrews January 28, 2016

New Indiana Poultry Record Keeping Requirements

The newest press release from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds poultry owners of the importance of good record keeping. Not only will it help track the disease should there be a future avian influenza outbreak, but it's required for Indiana. For the entire press release by BOAH visit our avian influenza page. Visit BOAH's website for more information on the affected flocks in Indiana.

Poultry Record Keeping Requirements

In response to the avian flu outbreak across the Upper Midwest last year, Indiana initiated new record keeping requirements for Indiana residents buying and selling poultry. Under the new law, buyers and sellers now must keep records of flock additions and removals for 3 years. Records must include the following:

Poultry Record Requirements:

  1. Names and addresses of buyer & seller
  2. Sale date
  3. Breed(s)
  4. Sex
  5. Number of animals
  6. Reason for movement

The requirement applies to all retail, flea market, swap meet, auction and private sales (including trades), etc.

Visit BOAH's website for more information on poultry record keeping requirements and for a FREE flock addition/removal form template you can use for your records.

Requirements for Poultry Entering Indiana

Here's a reminder for those that buy birds out of state:

All poultry entering Indiana must have either:

  1. A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) or;
  2. A National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) form VS 9-3.

National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)

 Poultry owners can certify their flocks with the NPIP program. For more information on the program and how you can get your flock certified, visit the Indiana State Poultry Association's website or contact the association at or 765-494-8517.

Reporting Sick Poultry

With the recent avian influenza case reported in Dubois county, Indiana, it's very important that poultry owners monitor their birds for any signs of unusual illness or death. Report sick or dead poultry by calling the toll-free hotline:

Healthy Birds Hotline: 866-536-7593

This number will connect you with a state or federal veterinarian who can determine if the illness needs more follow-up.

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