In Massachusetts... POULTRY INSPECTOR COMING IN THE A.M.!!!
Make sure you do not let them out into a run. Keep them locked up until they are tested. Broody hens are not a problem. Pick them up for their testing then plop them back on the eggs. With only 9 you will be done in no time. Megan is great.
I am confused about getting an NPIP number so easily. I have had mine tested for at least 5 years and I don't have an NPIP number.
I leave mine locked up and release them into the pen after they're done. The hard to catch ones I crate the night before.
I asked about getting an NPIP number several years ago, when they still had 3 testers in the state. At that time I was told there were all sorts of hoops I had to jump through to get one. It wasn't worth the hassle to me.
They only test for 2 things, so it won't take long to get results. I always have mine in 3 or 4 days.
Megan gave me a sheet to fill out (name, type of poultry, etc) and my signature...at the bottom there was a line that read would you like an NPIP # and a box for yes & no...... She said that wasn't there until about a year ago. She also said that she didn't have access to the database (now she does) so she can email all the information herself.
I think it's worth giving her a call if you want to be on the database. I am new to all of the regulations because I just had layers before hatching my silkies. I was under the impression that I needed an NPIP number to send hatching eggs through the mail, when in actuality I just needed a negative polllorum. I hope this helps. I have her cell phone #, pm me if you would like it;) thank you so very much for all your information and answers!😘