CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Country Smallholding today CLICK HERE

Importing eggs from abroad

PUBLISHED: 17:58 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:04 29 April 2014

Q - Do you know the regulations with regard to importing (fertile) chicken eggs from Italy for breeding purposes? I would like to import a ‘fresh’ line of Leghorns.
James Sessions, via email

VR writes: You will need to look on the DEFRA website for any updates to import regulations and then not only contact your local Animal Health office for advice, but make sure that the veterinary documents from Italy are correct for the UK – the adult birds may have to be tested for various diseases. Be prepared to have to not only incubate the eggs in quarantine, but also keep the chicks in quarantine until they are at least 35 days old – this is to avoid importing Newcastle disease.


Interact with other smallholders and post your questions

Visit our forums

More from Poultry

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The British Hen Welfare Trust are helping to rehome hens

Read more

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Country Smallholding monthly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

This Year’s Shows

Country Smallholding cover image

Don’t miss our comprehensive guide to rural events

Find out more

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter