I grew up in a farming community and much of my childhood was on a farm. My mom also had a mini farm when I was a teen and I worked on farms from teen to twenties. I also raised finches and button quail for years Back into chickens now 30 years later and the goal is to be NPIP certified so I can legally sell birds, hatching eggs etc in and out of state However the more I read about "biosecurity" the more I think maybe I am just not cut out for NPIP certification Here's an article aimed at just regular backyard keepers http://www.grit.com/animals/backyard-biosecurity.aspx I understand the safety premise and I understand needing to have your flock and livestock tested and inspected if you will be selling especially across state lines, but the rest is just over the top. People around here wear their stock work boots to town, to the feed store, to the grocery store and post office. They do not have a foot bath (THAT will get you laughed at good here), they don't have special stock yard boots that go no where else, they don't quiz visitors about if they own chickens or cage birds, they don't keep hand sanitizer next to the coop to use often My husband works on a beef farm. They also have chickens. The boots he works in 12 hours a day are the same boots he wears out in the woods and fields. My neighbors have chickens and livestock as do a whole lots of people in town. Wild Birds fly from farm to farm scavenging fields and manure piles. We have wild geese, turkeys and grouse in the field where the chicken tractors will be all the time. Boots and hand sanitizer on the coop are the least issue Maybe I need to just scale back my plan from a business plan to selling a dozen or two eggs a week at roadside. Because there is absolutely no way I am ever going to be able to maintain that level of "biosecurity" here It is disappointing. I have had a talk with the state inspector and she says I'll be fine but.... I wonder.