A Word about Importing Poultry Stock (Including Hatching Eggs)
We thought it of high importance to include this page on the website. There has been a lot of frustration with Marans breeders in the US due to the lack of good lines available, and lack of color varieties available to work with. Our stock in the US is not of the level of quality of European lines, and everybody would love to get import bloodlines to work with. While Bev would also love to have more import lines to work with, she absolutely does not endorse any type of illegal import activities. None of her stock is derived from any illegally imported stock, and here is why: To LEGALLY import poultry stock (including hatching eggs), the originating flock must be tested over time to be free of diseases and certified by a veterinarian before they or their eggs can be exported to the US. The reason for this is the US does not wish to bring poultry pathogens or other diseases into the US that could infect our flocks or risk the spread of pathogens such as bird flu virus. With the risk of bird flu, the USDA has severely clamped down on importation of any species that would increase the risk to the US of bringing this virus into the US. Presently, this results in very prohibitive costs to fulfill USDA requirements for legal poultry importation, running in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for a single shipment of viable stock, and then only if the proper permitting would be issued and the stock or eggs would survive legal quarantine that is required upon arrival. There is very good reason for this, as bird flu and other poultry diseases could devastate domestic poultry flocks. Bev respects this, and does not endorse any illegal importation activity, nor does she work with other breeders who do. The USDA is serious about protecting our livestock. Their agents are on the watch for eBay, eggbid, and other sources where people may try to obtain live material for import into the US illegally. They are monitoring the hobbyist bulletin boards where members discuss such attempts. They are quietly interviewing people behind the scenes to determine parties involved in illegal activities. And when they find those people, they are assessing huge fines. If you are determined to have illegal stock, they have the authority to destroy your entire flock and flocks in your surrounding area, too. Congress passed the Animal Health Protection Act as part of the 2002 Farm Bill. The Act consolidates more than 20 animal quarantine and related laws. In addition, it increases APHIS' authority to deter people from deliberately bringing into the United States prohibited animals, animal products, and even animal disease agents. The maximum fines for deliberate violations of APHIS’ import regulations have increased from $1,000 per violation to $50,000 per violation for individuals and up to $500,000 for companies. Please be responsible and respect our laws. We realize everybody would like the best Marans stock in the world, and everybody would like to expand the genetic pool available in the US with import genes. If you are looking to cheat the system, and put your country at risk, please move on, and do not contact Bev.