Here is my problem my chickens range drastically in age from already 5 months to just hatching (purchased eggs). My girls want to do the state fair in Feb and a APA show in Jan. So our birds would need to be tested in Dec. However there might be more or different birds the girls want to take to our county fair in April. The state only tests once a year and they've told me the only younger birds that will go under our cert. is the off spring of what is tested. So I have such a huge range of birds non of which are off spring.... Do I get the testing done on as many as possible in Mid to late Dec. they won't test anything not old enough to lay and then let them bleed any of the younger ones that we might take in April? Or do I let them bleed the older ones that we might take in Jan and get tested mid to late Jan in time for the state fair but not the APA show? My only issue with bleeding them in April is that the county fair does not allow the kids to touch the birds once in the cages. So any none cert. birds would be bled and then caged with no clean up chance. This is such a hard choice.. I had been told by another local chicken keeper that the guy came out and only a sample not every bird and then cert her NPIP. However when I contacted the person from FL in charge so I could get with our county guy she said they will only test what is laying and that it only covers their offspring. Any input on when we should choose to get our flock tested? All but one set of eggs I've bought or birds I've bought have come from a none NPIP cert. flock. I did that before I knew what NPIP was and had decided we would go that route.