Pigeons

Pigeons and pigeon eggs must meet conditions set out in the General Authority for the importation of pigeons and pigeon eggs into Tasmania.

The importation conditions are summarised below:

    1. Pigeons to be accompanied by a completed Form P1 Health Certificate for Pigeons (Columba livia) and pigeon eggs entering Tasmania. See below for specific conditions for Racing Pigeon Clubs.
    2. The Health declaration's for pigeon and fertile pigeon eggs must be completed by both the importer and the exporter.
    3. Both the importer and exporter must have had their entire pigeon flocks, of the right age, as well as the birds being imported vaccinated against Avian paramyxovirus (APMV1). The imported birds must have received their latest vaccination at least 4 weeks and no more than 12 months prior to entry into Tasmania.
    4. The vaccination program must be applied to all pigeons of appropriate age on the premises using an initial immunization of 2 doses of an inactivated Newcastle Disease vaccine administered not less than 4 weeks apart and according to the written recommendations of a veterinarian registered to practice in Australia, see: Avian paramyxovirus Vaccination
    5. All bedding for birds or packing material for eggs must be new, seed free material, and must be disposed of on arrival in an appropriate manner that prevents contact with pigeons.
Squabs and squeakers are allowedonly if the birds have been vaccinated according to the General Authority for entry to Tasmania:
    • Squabs are (live) table pigeons or pigeons raised for food.
    • Squeakers are young pigeons.

Clubs importing racing pigeons for release to race back to the Australian mainland

Form P2 applies to interstate pigeon clubs: racing or homing pigeons imported to Tasmania for release to race and to fly back to the Mainland.

The Club is to provide BiosecurityTasmania with a completed Form P2 "A Health Certificate for Pigeons entering Tasmania for release for a race". One (1) Form P2 is to cover all the birds being entered in the race.


    The following conditions apply:-
    • The club must keep records of all entrants and their birds nominated for the race in Tasmania.
    • The club must retain this information for at least 30 days after the introduction of the racing pigeons to Tasmania and to provide this information to the CVO upon request.
    • All pigeons to be derived from flocks that have been vaccinated against avian paramyxovirus.
    • No birds are to loft in Tasmania.
    • There must be no other pigeons at the flock of destination i.e. pigeons are to remain in their race trailer until released to fly to mainland destinations.
    • The club will need to complete Form P2.1 to report details of the race release, and in addition the details of any birds retained in Tasmania, the place where they are being held and the reason for the retention. This information is to be faxed to Biosecurity Tasmania within 48 hours of birds being released.
For racing pigeons that do not meet the above conditions, the Chief Veterinary Officer should be contacted to obtain advice regarding entry requirements.


DPIPWE strongly encourages pigeon owners/clubs not to race, show or otherwise mix pigeons from different flocks, even within Tasmania, unless a vaccination and biosecurity program is in place.

The latest information on the outbreak can be found on the Victorian Department of Primary Industries website and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Website.
See also: Biosecurity, Poultry and Pet Birds

Contact

Chief Veterinary Officer
Rod Andrewartha
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3261
Fax: 03 6278 1875
Email: rod.andrewartha@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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