New Jersey Poultry and Hatching Eggs
All poultry and hatching eggs, including chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, peafowl, quail, grouse, chukars, pheasant, ratites (ostrich, emu, rhea and cassowaries), waterfowl, pigeons and doves shall be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), Animal Health Certificate (AHC), VS Form 9-2 or 9-3, or a 4-H Poultry, Rabbit, or Cavy Health Form.
- What is a VS (Veterinary Services) Form 9-3? A federal form which serves as a movement document for poultry. It is also known as “Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks and Poultry” this may be used in lieu of a CVI for movement of poultry.
- What is a VS Form 9-2? A federal form used by federal and state animal health officials to identify types of poultry selected for testing. This form is also used in New Jersey for movement of poultry to show, fair and exhibition completed either by a NJ Department of Agriculture certified pullorum tester, state or federal animal health official or a veterinarian. It is also known as a “Flock Selecting and Testing Report.”
- All poultry (with exception of waterfowl, pigeons and doves) and hatching eggs:
- Shall originate from U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid clean or equivalent flocks; or
- Shall have an individual negative Pullorum-Typhoid test performed within 90 days prior to the exhibit by meeting the testing requirements below:
- Poultry (apart from the types listed below) shall be tested when more than 4 months of age. Poultry under 4 months shall originate from Pullorum-Typhoid negative flocks.
- Turkeys shall be blood tested when more than 12 weeks of age. Turkeys under 12 weeks of age shall originate from Pullorum-Typhoid negative flocks. Turkeys shall only be tested by NJDA authorized personnel.
- Game birds (includes quail, chukar, grouse and pheasant) shall be tested when more than 4 months of age or upon reaching sexual maturity, whichever comes first. Game birds under 4 months shall originate from Pullorum-Typhoid negative flocks.
- Ostrich, emu, rhea and cassowaries shall be blood tested when more than 12 months of age. All ostrich, emus, rhea and cassowaries less than 12 months shall originate from Pullorum-Typhoid negative flocks.
- Waterfowl, pigeons and doves are exempt from Pullorum-Typhoid testing.
Contact information for certified pullorum testers is available by calling the
Division of Animal Health at (609)-671-6400
REQUIREMENTS FOR POULTRY EXHIBITED
AT SHOWS AND FAIRS IN OTHER STATES
For movement of poultry to shows in states other than New Jersey you must check with each state to determine entry requirements of poultry for the state hosting the show. To locate import regulations for a particular state, follow this link:
In many cases the testing necessary may be performed by a state or federal animal health official or a level 2 New Jersey accredited veterinarian. You must check to see that the poultry returning to New Jersey will meet the entry requirements for the state of New Jersey which may be found at the following link:
Helpful links for showing poultry