so the guy came yesterday to test my flock for texas pullorum-fowl typhoid so that i could get a certificate to be able to sell my chickens outside of my property. first i want to say, what a nice nice man. he parked his truck outside of my property gate. put on disposable lab wear and boots, looked around at my set up and birds and decided which one's to test. i only have about 30 grown chickens (but lots and lots of babies) so he took about 10 or so of those grown guys and tested them. he tested the silkies that i got from louisiana, he tested those from the swap i went to last october and just for good measure he tested some from mcmurray. everybody tested negative. he was very informative and was nice enough to stick around for almost an hour later as i bombarded him with questions about my set up, food, bird color, personalities, etc, etc, AND etc. he was very patient with me and answered every question i had. he's also sending me information about the two shows, the one in college station and the one in beaumont and after letting him know what i had hoped to accomplish with my birds, gave me information about breeders around the houston area who could probably help me, not to mention, he said i could call him if i had any other questions later on. i also asked him about getting my birds tested for the flu. he said there's nothing for me to fear, that he get's his flock tested. it's just a little cumbersome/time consuming. all in all the experience was very nice and am glad i had my birds tested. i felt i acquired a new friend with a wealth of knowledge i probably would never know all of, even if i had birds for the next ten years.