Registering Poultry with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine
Guidance on How to Register
Anyone who keeps poultry in Ireland must register their premises with the Department of Agriculture. This is a legal requirement under Irish law. Legislation on registration can be found here.
The requirement to register applies to all poultry premises, from large commercial poultry holdings to premises with only 1 or 2 birds such as hobby or “backyard” poultry flocks.
Registering your premises and flock details is important, enabling the Department to contact you, if necessary, with information on poultry health and welfare in the event of a disease threat such as Avian Influenza.
People who keep other types of birds are also encouraged to register their premises even though this is not a legal requirement.
What species of poultry or birds should be registered
Poultry includes all birds that are reared or kept for the production of eggs, meat or other products and including breeding poultry. It also includes birds that are kept in order to restock game bird supplies. Examples of poultry that must be registered by law include:
People who keep other types of captive birds are encouraged to register also as their birds are also susceptible to many of the diseases that affect poultry. Captive birds are birds that are kept in cages or enclosures but are not used for the production of eggs, meat or other products. These birds may be kept as pets, for showing and exhibiting or for racing for example. Examples of captive birds include:
Birds of prey that are kept in captivity
Birds kept in zoos
Fancy fowl not used for egg or meat production
Birds kept in pet shops
Any other bird kept in captivity that are not poultry
How to register
Registration is quick and simple. There are 3 ways to register your poultry premises:
1. Register online, by completing an electronic form
form and submitting it directly to the Department.
Poultry owners must keep their registration details up to date, including informing the Department if they no longer have poultry. Registration details can be updated using any of the methods listed above.
Signing up to receive information on poultry disease threats
On registering with the Department you can opt into receiving text updates and advice from the Department in the event of a disease threat or outbreak.