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Permits to raise birds
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Tom    Posted 01-03-2002 at 04:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gave the wife an incubator for Christmas (she's wanted one since we met way back in jr. high).

She wants to raise a few quail, farm ducks, geese, turkeys and/or somesuch. She already has a small flock of chickens that are primarily pets (ever see a rooster come when called and beg to be picked up?) Most of the bird supplier catalogs say 'check with your state to see if a permit is required' before ordering. So I did.

Of course, Maryland requires (and charges for) a permit to raise 'any gamebirds' in the state (they require permits for almost anything you want to do on your own land). To get the game permit, you have to pay, and give the state permission to inspect your property at 'any reasonable time.' They will also specify housing and fencing requirements and impose some pretty onerous (to me) record keeping requirements for birds raised and what happened to them.

So, my question: what to do? If I go ahead and order a few hatching eggs for what will be more or less pets, will the company or the post office want to see a permit before they deliver the eggs? Will they call the Maryland natural resources police to tell them I'm being a bad boy?

Getting more frustrated (and paranoid) as time goes by,

del ray    Posted 01-03-2002 at 19:01:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah right like we really going to have a over population of quail with all the hawks and owls that the DNR protects and all the cats that roam free.

who cares get them anyway    Posted 01-03-2002 at 16:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought some and raised them no prob around here we only see a game warden once a year and that is hunting season. Raise a few birds for meat i buy locally so they don't check for a permit. In Wisconsin you have to have a game farm licensce to but i don't

JoeK    Posted 01-03-2002 at 10:16:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think the keyword here is"gamebirds".In their own fumbling way Gov't tries to balance/manage the wild animal population with stocking/harvesting programs.This must be balanced with farm crop protection,hunters needs,urban sprawl and the natural food chain.Around here domestic fowl are not regulated except in commercial context,but permit is required to raise and release wild turkeys,quail/pheasants etc.With these birds being released or possibly escaping into the wild,it is necessary to have some gov't control to prevent spread of diseases and prevent overpopulation in a given area. I'd stick with domesticated birds or maybe some exotics like bearded birds or such.

IHank    Posted 01-03-2002 at 05:55:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom- A grin for you and your wife. IHank

Salmoneye    Posted 01-03-2002 at 05:47:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If I may Paraphrase...

'Permits?...We don't need no stinkin permits'...

Dave in Mo    Posted 01-03-2002 at 05:08:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission!

LazyHorse    Posted 01-03-2002 at 05:05:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have a local game warden in your area? if so I'd talk to them and see if they really think a permit is needed on a small scale type of operation.
I'mnot telling you to or advising that you break the law in any way, but lots of folks do what you are saying and never get any permits either state or USDA when required. As far as the inspection and other requirements that is usually just a legal loophole to let them come in if they recieve complaints from neighbors etc.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-03-2002 at 05:29:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like Okla's laws are very simalar to your's. I may have just gotten lucky, but I had the game ranger come out & explain what I should build and the laws I would have to follow. Then I built the pens and applied for the permit. That was a long time ago and never once have I been visited by any official. Just follow the rules, and I bet every thing goes well for you too.

bob    Posted 01-04-2002 at 05:21:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
here in Iowa you get permits but that is about all. had a friend who raised everything and they never bothered him unless wanted to borrow a bird for a talk. he had adequate buildings but not fancy

Magnum Dampier    Posted 06-16-2002 at 20:26:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Missouri im thinking on getting some gamebirds,I dont know jack about a permit but I already own a flock of chickens,but knowing how scwery the law is they would make you pay more than the profit you get from them.Anyways I dont think they would let me get one cause im only 13!!

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