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Poultry (including game birds): registration rules and forms

How and when you must register as a poultry or game bird keeper and how to register voluntarily (if you keep birds, such as chickens, as pets)

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Compulsory poultry registration form - keeper of 50 or more birds - IRA81

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Voluntary poultry registration form - keeper of fewer than 50 birds - IRA82

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Details

In this guide poultry includes game birds. You’re a poultry keeper if you’re in charge of the day-to-day care of:

  • chickens
  • turkeys
  • ducks
  • geese
  • guinea fowl
  • quail
  • partridges
  • pheasants
  • pigeons

This includes poultry you keep as pets.

Compulsory registration

You must register using the compulsory registration form within one month of keeping 50 or more birds on your premises. You’re breaking the law if you do not register. The law applies if you keep:

  • 50 or more birds captive for any period of time
  • flocks made up of different species, such as chickens, ducks or geese
  • birds for: the consumption of meat and eggs; other commercial purposes; restocking game birds; or breeding for these 3 purposes

You’ll need this information to complete the form:

  • your contact details and details of the person or company that owns or rents your site
  • your site’s location and county parish holding (CPH) number - (find out how to get a permanent CPH number in England, Scotland and Wales)
  • details of the birds you keep and how you farm them (species, number you usually keep, what you keep them for, your farming system)
  • how many birds of each species you usually keep each month (your stocking arrangements)
  • details of any businesses you supply with your poultry
  • a list of other livestock you keep on the site

Voluntary registration

You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.

By registering,

  • APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
  • you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock

You’ll need this information to complete the form:

  • your contact details and contact details for the person or company that owns or rents your site
  • the location where you keep poultry
  • details of the bird you keep (species, number, and what you keep them for)

Contact

If you need help completing the forms, telephone the Great Britain (GB) Poultry Register helpline on 0800 634 1112. Lines are open 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Email: customerregistration@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Sign up for disease alerts

Get email and text alerts about disease outbreaks by registering with the APHA alerts service. You’ll need to sign up even if you’ve already registered your birds with APHA on the GB Poultry Register.

Pollution prevention and control (PPC) permits

If your premises can hold more than 40,000 birds, you may need to apply for a PPC permit. Use the following for more information:

Welsh translation of the form and guidance notes is also available.

Published 6 November 2018
Last updated 19 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Document IRA81 and IRA81(Welsh) updated
  2. Documents updated
  3. Added translation
  4. First published.