We are officially npip certified now! Yay!!
From what I've read, the program fees and procedures vary a lot from state to state (which is odd to me since it's a national program) but here in Ohio, it was low stress for both us and the birds and inexpensive.
$35 total for both Pullorum - Typhoid and Avian Influenza for the year! Granted, we only have chickens so things change a bit if there are also waterfowl or other types of birds too.
With my size flock (under 300) they only tested 11 birds. We got to choose which ones we wanted to test as long as they were over 4 months old and we included both hens and roosters. Our tester was super nice and it took 45 minutes for the entire process including paperwork at the end! 😀
Each bird got a quick throat swab for AI test, then she held the bird upside down and pulled a feather out between the underside of the wing/ body (like the armpit area lol) and she used a little metal pick that she would just get a tiny amount of blood and immediately put in on a board with the test reagent for an instant result. The birds were all really cooperative and didn't seem to be the slightest bit bothered by any of it. It was really much easier than I expected! We won't have the AI results for about a week since they have to go to the lab but the Pullorum -typhoid were all negative so the npip certification was approved the day of testing. 😀
I can totally relate to the toddler sleep problems you're dealing with. My 2 year old is driving me crazy with the way she fights sleep. She climbs out of the crib and so we had to move her to a toddler bed 😥 It takes up to 2 hours to get her to stay in bed and go to sleep at night and naps are even worse. This has been going on 3 weeks now. She shares a room with our 5 year old and will take out all the clothes in both girls' dressers (even with the drawer handles taken off) and pull toys out everywhere if we dont hear her on the monitor or stand right outside their door. It's awful lol.
Hopefully your son is less willful than my daughter lol and will get over this phase soon!
Seems like boys always have more sleep issues than girls, huh. He's not feeling bad or anything?
And speaking of wobbly cells... All of my Serama eggs still are developing embryos just fine, but I still see some wobbly air cells. They are attached mostly, but still may have a slight area on one side where it looks like the membranes aren't connected, if that makes sense. Have you had them hatch this way? If they never permanently re-attach completely? Because I think at least 90% of these have at least a small part that will still be loose from inside the shell. I hope it levels out, once they lose enough moisture to meet up with the loose spot.
That's awesome! Congrats! I'm contemplating this right now, as I just got my business license. So I appreciate your description of what they did. Hopefully WV's would be similar procedure to Ohio (although it wouldn't surprise me if its totally different! lol) I've heard ours is free though.
And I'd love to get some birds/eggs from you some day!