i should have directed my dirty boy comment @ ed and his monkey. I know all the contributors are not male. I am female, and I started the silly thread.
agv: Despite the frivolous longevity of this post and for the benefit of others who might at some time be in a similar circumstance, might you please tell your story about shipping out your pet. You said you got everything all set and a previous poster had asked for an update so I'm also asking!
Sorry for the delay, I was making sure everything was settled.
I emailed the USDA, no help, they gave me a few websites but nothing really helped for my particular situation. So I called USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS), National Center for
Importing and Exporting at (301) 734-8364. After staying on hold for what seemed to be hours - They gave me the specifics for sending my chicken to the states. She will have to be quarantined for 30 days @ 6 dollars a day (wow but worth it). The nice person on the phone faxed me all the necessary forms and has set up a USDA rep to meet with me when I get to Texas. The girl told me that its worse bringing a horse or cow into the states - she said I have it easy.
I just feel bad, 30 days in a cage being watched and tested. But its better than leaving her here, shes so fat someone would eat her.
Here are the websites. In case anyone else needs them.
Thanks for the follow-up agy. Was Andy Williamson of help to you?
Over many years I've rescued cats, dogs, a donkey,various birds, iguanas,lizzies. I also have had time with chickens here and ducks in a previous Stateside life so never took your post frivoloulsly from the getgo.
Happy travelling to you and Chicken!
Island Ed! Shame on you!!!
I personally have laughed myself silly over all of this chicken thread...a nice note of levity in a sometimes serious environment.
Good for you, AGV - if you can be that devoted to your Chicken Little, you can do it all...happy free ranging to Chicken from the STX crew.
I couldn't resist posting this!
Associated Press 9:57 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2006
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Sometimes a chicken does have lips, just not her own. Marian Morris saved her brother's exotic chicken, Boo Boo, by administering "mouth-to-beak" resuscitation on the fowl after it was found floating face down in the family's pond.
Morris, a retired nurse, said she hadn't had any practice with CPR in years, but that she was interested to see if she "still had it."
"I breathed into its beak, and its dad-gum eyes popped open," Morris said. "I breathed into its beak again, and its eyes popped open again. "I said, 'I think this chicken's alive now. Keep it warm.'"
Morris said she was pleased to find that the bird she saved was an "exotic," and not just an ordinary chicken.
The chicken is called Boo Boo, because she is easily frightened. The family thought Boo Boo was startled and flopped into the pond.