Department 8: Poultry, Pigeons, Waterfowl

EventDay and Date
JudgingSunday, August 15 at 2:00 pm
Deadline for all entriesAugust 1
Drop OffSaturday, August 14 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Pick UpSunday, August 22 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
Blood TestingBy appointment, please contact Jenny Frantz
ContactNamePhoneEmail
Co-SuperintendentRobert Simons570-955-7070
Co-SuperintendentJenny Frantz570-878-0272[email protected]

Department Rules

Exhibitors must adhere to the General Rules for the Harford Fair listed here.

Please see entry form below for a complete listing of rules and classes.

Exhibitors must adhere to the IAFE Code of Ethics which can be found here.

  1. To enter: go to www.harfordfair.com, click on the link and follow the instructions to enter online or use the Poultry Entry Blank below or in online Harford Fair Premium Book and submit with the entry fee of $1.00 per animal.
  2. Section 7 – Egg Entries are displayed and judged in Vegetable Hall. Enter online or use a separate Poultry Entry Blank for egg entries.
  3. Birds hatched before January 1 of this year will be classed as cocks or hens. Those hatched after that date will be classed as cockerels or pullets.
  4. Only three (3) birds allowed in each class, per exhibitor.
  5. All birds are subject to the Poultry Health Rules as listed in the online Harford Fair Premium Book. Blood test papers and other required documents must accompany the entry to the Fairgrounds at drop off.
  6. The Poultry Superintendent will check birds upon arrival and refuse entry to birds with visible signs of disease, mites, lice, molt, etc. Birds may not be put in a coop until checked by a Superintendent.
  7. The Poultry Superintendents reserve the right to reduce number of entries per exhibitor, if the pens are filled.
  8. Entries may not be changed or substitutions made after August 1.
  9. All birds must wear an individual identification leg band to be accepted for exhibition.
  10. Poultry exhibits will be single cooped for their own health and safety.
  11. Poultry must be properly named and meritorious (more than ordinary standard and quality) to be entitled to an award.
  12. Poultry can be sold, but CANNOT leave the fairgrounds until 10:00 PM, Saturday, August 21, 2021.
  13. All judging shall be by the latest edition of the American Standard of Perfection, copyrighted by the American Poultry Association, and can be found at www.amerpoultryassn.com.

Department 8 - Poultry, Pigeons, Waterfowl, & Eggs - 2021 Health Rules

Requirements for Pennsylvania Poultry, Pigeons, & Waterfowl Entering the Fairgrounds:

  1. All Pennsylvania poultry, waterfowl, upland game birds, and pigeons/doves entering an exhibition must bear a unique individual identification leg band (official state-issued leg bands are required for pullorum-tested poultry). Ratites must be identified with a neckband or an electronic implant device (the exhibitor must supply a reader).
  2. An owner-endorsed health certificate must accompany all Pennsylvania poultry, pigeons, and waterfowl and must include the following: a) Name and location of exhibition; and b) Name, address and telephone number of the owner; and c) A statement that their entries and their flock of origin are free of evidence of contagious disease; and d) Owner signature and date of that signature.
  3. Avian Influenza Clean Testing and Verification (all samples must be collected by a Certified Poultry Technician or an Accredited Veterinarian): a) All poultry and waterfowl for exhibition must originate from a flock in good standing in the Pennsylvania Avian Influenza Monitored Flock Program, or from a flock in good standing in the NPIP Avian Influenza Clean program (the flock must be participating in the NPIP AI Clean program- it is not considered to be a clean flock , if only originating from a clean breeder flock or hatchery), and the birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy). Test results must be negative. The NPIP or AI Monitored flock number must be noted on the report; or b) The birds must originate from a flock in which a minimum of 30 birds, three weeks of age or older, were tested for avian influenza within 30 days prior to August 14, 2021, and the birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy) Test results must be negative. If there are fewer than 30 birds in the flock, test all birds. For ducks and geese, cloacal swab samples must be collected for testing, and the swabs may be tested using virus isolation (ducks and geese) or PCR (domestic ducks only) techniques.
  4. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Testing and Verification (pigeons and waterfowl excluded; all samples must be collected by a Certified Poultry Technician or an Accredited Veterinarian): a) All poultry (pigeons and waterfowl excluded) must originate from a flock in good standing in the NPIP Pullorum-Typhoid Clean program or from a flock in good standing in the PA Pullorem Equivalent Program and the birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy). Test results must be negative. The NPIP number must be noted on the report for NPIP Pullorem-Typhoid Clean flocks. If the rapid whole-blood plate agglutination test was done, the most recent 9-2 or state equivalent form (or copy) must accompany the birds. Test results must be negative; or b) All individual birds (pigeons and waterfowl excluded) for exhibition (maximum of 300) must have had a pullorem-typhoid test within 90 days prior to August 14, 2021. The birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy). Test results must be negative. The following age restrictions apply to be in compliance with NPIP standards: 1) Chickens shall be tested at four months of age or older; 2) Turkeys shall be tested at 12 weeks of age or older; all birds not meeting these age restrictions are exempt from pullorem testing requirements.
  5. Sample collectors and testers must maintain record of animal identification, approved rapid testing, and any other records by the Domestic Animal Law, and any order issued by the Department for a minimum of two (2) years and must make records available by the Department upon request.
  6. National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) protocols for sample collection, including the number of swabs/tubes of viral transport media, and testing shall be followed. All samples must be tested at a NAHLN laboratory (excluding the Pullorum-typhoid rapid whole blood plate agglutination test that may be conducted at farm).

Requirements for Out of State Poultry, Pigeons, and Waterfowl Entering the Fairgrounds (in addition to the above listed requirements):

  1. Avian Influenza Clean Testing and Verification (all samples must be collected by a Certified Poultry Technician or an Accredited Veterinarian). Poultry and waterfowl (pigeons excluded) shall only be allowed into the Commonwealth and the Harford Fair after meeting one of the following requirements: a) The birds originate from a flock in good standing in the NPIP Avian Influenza Clean program (the flock must be participating in the NPIP AI Clean program-it is not considered to be a clean flock if only originating from a clean breeder flock or hatchery) and the shipment is accompanied by a USDA form 9-3 or equivalent Department-approved form; or b) The birds originate from a flock that participates in an equivalent avian influenza monitoring program and the shipment is accompanied by a document from the state, nation, or province of origin indicating participation; or c) The birds originate from a flock in which a minimum of 30 birds, 3 weeks of age or older, were tested negative for avian influenza within 30 days prior to August 14, 2021, and the birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy). Test results must be negative. If there are fewer than 30 birds in the flock, test all birds. For ducks and geese, cloacal swab samples must be collected for testing, and the swabs may be tested using virus isolation (ducks and geese) or PCR (domestic ducks only) techniques.
  2. Pullorem-Typhoid Clean Testing and Verification (pigeons and waterfowl excluded; all samples must be collected by a Certified Poultry Technician or an Accredited Veterinarian): a) All poultry (pigeons and waterfowl excluded) must come from NPIP Pullorem-Typhoid Clean flocks and the birds must be accompanied by a USDA form 9-3 or equivalent Department-approved form; or b) all individual birds (pigeons and waterfowl excluded) for exhibition (maximum of 300) must have had a negative pullorem- typhoid test within 30 days prior to August 14, 2021. The birds must be accompanied by the most recent test report (or copy). Test results must be negative. If the rapid whole-blood plate agglutination test was done, the most recent 9-2 form (or copy) must accompany the birds. Test results must be negative. The following age restrictions apply to be in compliance with NPIP standards: 1) Chickens shall be tested at four months of age or older; 2) Turkeys shall be tested at 12 weeks of age or older; 3) all birds not meeting these age restrictions must come from a flock in which all of the birds in the flock have been tested negative within 30 days prior to August 14, 2021.