Anyone who keeps poultry in Ireland must register their premises with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Poultry includes all birds that are reared or kept for the production of eggs, meat or other products and including breeding poultry. It also include 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 too as their birds are also susceptible to many of the diseases that affect poultry. 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
What you must do
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 means that you can be contacted with information on poultry health and welfare including information on how to protect your birds 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.
Information needed for registration
You will need the following information in order to register:
address (preferably with your eircode- Find your Eircode here
PPS number (persons) or CRO number (for limited companies only)
any other herd or flock numbers you may have already
details on species and numbers of birds including the number of houses that they are kept in
There is a request for GPS co-ordinates for your premises but this is optional. A short guide to finding your GPS co-ordinates can be found here.
You will also be asked to provide information on the type of premises or enterprise you have e.g. egg producer, broiler production, backyard poultry, fancy fowl, etc.
Who to contact
Registration is quick and simple. There are 3 ways to register your poultry premises:
3. Telephone your internal-link 72575 | Local Regional Veterinary Office ] and they will post a PR1 form out to you which you can fill in and return to them.
It is important that poultry owners 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.