Originally Posted by scandiafowl
What bureaucratic fun..
Do you have to test 100% of your flock?
It all depends on how many you have and what method you want to do it. On the pullorum testing, the first time has to be the plate test and after that you can opt to send in debris samples every 90 days. Otherwise you can go through and do that test just once a year via the plate test. For me I think its a good time to catch everything, make sure beaks/nails are trimmed, leg/wing bands are on, and put Frontline on everything too. On the MS/MG testing, we only have 4 turkeys now so they all had their little vials of blood drawn. On the AI swabs, I've gotten different regulations depending on who I've talked to. The guy that came out at swabbed last fall when we were in quarantine did the tracheal swabs on poultry and vent swabs on waterfowl. Now this spring, the regional vet never even trained them on the vent swabs. If you talk to the people at MPTL, they wanted 30 swabs per species (ducks, geese, chickens, peafowl, etc). Now the regional guy said 30 swabs total including some from all. He said if 1 bird on property had it, they all would. That has to be done every 90 days....
Working on getting rid of most of the waterfowl too. The 2 trios of Africans we have left are sold pending pick up.... Its more or less whenever I can get some help out there to catch the buggers since they are running loose on the cow pasture. There is just a pair and extra drake left on the exhibition rouens and they will probably go with the Africans if I can catch them. Other than that its just 7 of my monstrous exhibition muscovies that aren't going anywhere.
This isn't the first time I've had them lose stuff at the MPTL. Luckily I scan off copies of everything before I send it. They don't like my incubator in the house either....