Avian Flu Test Required for Birds Outside the State of
state law requires all out-of-state waterfowl to be
tested and found negative for Avian Influenza before
being transported into the State of Connecticut.
This means that if you have birds outside Connecticut
that you would like to surrender to us or would like us
to take in as rescues, you must first have them
tested and found negative for Avian Influenza.
You can search our
Vet Finder database of waterfowl vets if you need
assistance locating a vet in your area that can handle
waterfowl and avian influenza testing.
The vet will need to perform a cloacal swab, virus
isolation test for the H5 and H7 strains of avian
influenza. They will also need to Typhoid Pullurum
(Salmonella). Both tests will need to be processed by a state
approved, regulatory lab (you will need to find a vet
who has experience with this procedure).
Once the test is performed, the birds will need to
remain in your custody for 3-5 days while you wait for
the results to come back. During this time, you will
need to arrange for the placement of a numbered leg band
on each duck.
If the test is negative, your vet will need to issue
a Health Certificate for the ducks you are
bringing into the state of Connecticut. List our address
on the Certificate exactly as follows: Kimberly
Link, 17 Barker Road, Lebanon CT 06249.
The Health Certificate (Certificate of Veterinary
Inspection) must include a physical description,
(including breed) and sex of the duck/goose (if
determinable). The certificate must specifically state that the
ducks or geese listed have: “Tested negative for
Avian Influenza virus H5 and H7, parasites and
Salmonella.” Identifying leg band numbers must also be referenced
on the Health Certificate.
Once you have the completed Health Certificate in hand, you will need to
call The Office of The Connecticut State Veterinarian
(PH# 860-713-2504). They will issue you a permit #.
Write that number clearly on the Health Certificate and
then bring it with you along with the bird(s) when you
transport them to our sanctuary.
When you arrive, we will take our copy and the State of
Connecticut's copy of the Health Certificate. We will also need a
hard copy of the negative test results from your vet which
MUST include the name and address of the state
regulatory lab that provided the test results.
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