Frequently Asked Questions about Poultry
What are the rules regarding poultry exhibition in Minnesota?
Except for waterfowl and pigeons, poultry must be individually identified with a leg or wing band and have a negative test for pullorum-typhoid disease within 90 days prior to the opening date of the exhibition; OR originate directly from a parent stock flock tested and found negative for pullorum-typhoid disease within the last 12 months.
Turkeys must be negative for salmonella typhimurium and mycoplasmas. Testing is available at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL). For more information, see this year’s poultry exhibition rules.
What are the rules regarding importing and exporting birds?
A permit is required to import birds into Minnesota. The rules and regulations can be found on the Board’s Import Regulation page.
The requirements for exporting poultry from Minnesota are determined by the receiving state. Many states require permits along with some testing of the flock. For more information contact the receiving state or visit the National Poultry Improvement Plan website.
What do I do with my dead or sick bird?
To test individual birds or obtain a diagnosis of a disease problem in a flock contact the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL) does not test sick or dead birds. The Minnesota Health Department no longer tests dead birds for West Nile Virus because the disease is now established in Minnesota.
Who does the Minnesota Board of Animal Health accept submissions from?
The MPTL accepts samples from hatcheries and flock owners permitted by the Board. Authorized testing agents must collect all samples submitted to the laboratory.
How do I become an authorized testing agent?
In order to become an authorized testing agent with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, you must complete the training course and field instruction. There is currently no course scheduled.
How do I get Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory testing forms and supplies?
If you need forms or laboratory supplies for testing with the MPTL, please contact them at 320-231-5170, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to schedule my testing?
Yes. Please contact the MPTL to schedule your testing at 320-231-5170 or email@example.com.