NOTE: May 2015 - High Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected in wild birds as well as backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
June 2015 - KY State Veterinarian's office has put restrictions for poultry movement in place:
- All poultry comingling sales events are banned. These include, but are not restricted to, stockyards, flea markets, swap meets.
- The sale of poultry shall not be allowed at any fair or show.
- Private sale with direct farm to farm movement within Kentucky is allowed in accordance with 302 KAR 20:065 Section 7.
- Entry into Kentucky for sale is restricted to NPIP “Avian Influenza H5/H7 Clean” or “AI Clean” facilities. Entry from facilities within a HPAI control zone is banned.
- Entry of poultry from certified NPIP facilities within an HPAI infected state must also meet 302 KAR 20:250 requirements.
- Entry of poultry for private sale or movement must be permitted by the Office of the State Veterinarian and will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Game bird permit applications must originate from a NPIP facility that meets the requirements listed in d. and e. of this memo. Additionally, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources requires that a transportation permit be obtained from them.
- Exhibition events, shows, and fairs will be restricted to intrastate movement only. No entry from out of state will be allowed for exhibition purposes. All poultry presented for exhibition shall be subject to inspection by Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel.
For more information:
- Bird flu - Information for hunters and taxidermists
- Bird flu - Identification and reporting
- Bird flu - Considerations for pets and non-farm animals
- Bird flu - Cleaning and disinfection
- Bird flu - Biosecurity and Prevention
There are many reasons an individual or family may want to raise poultry:
- For profit through the sale of meat, eggs and/or chicks
- For family consumption of meat and/or eggs
- As a control for pests
- As a hobby and/or for poultry exhibitions
- As a 4-H or FFA project
A small poultry flock is relatively inexpensive, requires less space than most animal enterprises and doesn't require much time. In addition, raising a small poultry flock is also a good way to introduce youth to animal agriculture (for food or fiber) and to help build a sense of responsibility (since animals need to be taken care of 365 days a year).
The purpose of this website is to serve as a resource guide for small flock and backyard poultry owners.