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GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING LIVE POULTRY

The “Guidelines for Keeping Live Poultry” have been developed to aid city and town departments facing questions about poultry and poultry should be kept. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources estimates that more than 90% of the cities and towns in Massachusetts have poultry. Poultry, as defined in Chapter 129: Section 1, “shall include chickens, roosters, capons, hens, turkeys, pigeons, guinea fowl, and ducks and geese other than wild species”. Commecial and residential poultry represent millions of dollars in sales per year for Massachusetts businesses. Commercial poultry is identified as farms deriving a wage from the production of poultry or poultry products. Residential poultry is defined as poultry kept for non-commercial reasons. Nothing in these guidelines is meant to supercede any existing ordinances.

GENERAL POULTRY REQUIREMENTS
1.Requirements for the Movement of Poultry or Hatching Eggs in Massachusetts.
a) Birds must have tested negative for Salmonella pullorum with one year.
    i.) Testing performed by Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources
    ii)  Testing performed under an official NPIP program
   iii) Testing performed by a licensed accredited Veterinarian
b) Birds are the first generation progeny of a certified Salmonella clean or free flock
    i) Certified by Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources
    ii) Certified by the official state agency where the flock is housed
c) Hatching eggs are produced by a certified Salmonella clean or free flock
    i) Certified by Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources
    ii) Certified by the official state agency where the flock is housed
d) Birds that are moving for immediate slaughter do not require any testing
2.Poultry Owners Must Maintain Adequate Housing
a)Adequate housing is space which provides protection for the flock from:
i)Predators (raptors and carnivores)
ii)Sun
iii)Rain
iv)Snow
v)Drafts
3.Poultry Owners Will Provide Clean Poultry Feed
a)State approved feed for the type of poultry on premises
b)Adequate feeder space for the number of birds housed (Approximately 1.5 linear inches per bird)
c)Stored feed kept in a rodent proof container
4.Poultry Owners Will Provide Fresh, Clean Water
a) For surface water, a minimum of 1.5 lineal inches of surface area for each of the poultry housed

b) For nipple watering systems; no more than 6 birds per nipple
c) Keep water shaded from direct sunlight
5.   Manure Management
     a) Land application (turned into the soil) in accordance with the appropriate wetland regulations
     b) Covered manure collection
     c) Composting manure (MDAR provide guidelines)
     d) Removal from the property
6.   Rodent Control
     a) Rodenticides or traps as needed (Used in accordance with state laws, regulations, and product label)
     b) Remove trash and debris, which may provide concealed travel or nesting area
     c) Remove and dispose of spilled or soiled feed
7.   Pest Control
     a) Pesticides or traps as needed (Used in accordance with state laws, regulations, and product label)
     b) No standing water other than that which is provided for the poultry to drink
     c) Insecticides for control of external parasites as needed (Used in accordance with state laws, regulations, and product label)
Direct Comments regarding guidelines to:
Dept. of Agricultural Resources, Attn: Edward Hageman, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02114-2151.  edward.hageman@state.ma.us  Comments on the drafts should be received before May 1, 2005.

Hint: consider how these guidelines would affect your flock.


























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