NPIP certification

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  1. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm starting a new approach to my flock.
    So I'm going to have layers, but also sell chicks out of them locally, to make more money, and maybe eventually become a poultry breeder
    I'm getting the following breeds.
    And I know Whiting True Blues are not APA standard

    Ameracauna:
    a.Currently have 5 hens
    b. Want 4 more hens and 1 rooster

    Silver Spangled Hamburg:
    a. Want 9 hens 1 rooster

    Black Australorp:
    a. Want 9 hens 1 rooster

    Marans
    a. Want 4 hens 1 rooster

    Whiting True Blue:
    a. Want 9 hens 1 rooster

    Silver Laced Wyandotte:
    a. Have 2 Hens
    b. want 3 Hens 1 rooster

    Barred Plymouth Rock:
    a. Have 2 Hens
    b. Want 2 more hens

    But its recently come to my attention that I may need to become NPIP certified.
    So if I'm just selling chicks locally. Which I've done before. Do I need to be NPIP certified to sell chicks locally.
    I'm also wondering what the process I need to go through is. And where I would get started to get certified
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Whether you need NPIP to sell locally depends on your state.
    In MO, one is SUPPOSED to be NPIP to sell any birds or hatching eggs in state.
    NPIP is required for sales across state lines.

    NPIP certification is normally a simple process. It is a national program but administered by states, so each are different.
    In some states a percentage of all birds on site need to be blood tested. In MO, every bird over 4 months needs a test.
    The tests are annual and the same month every year. Some states have a cost, some are free.
    The basic certification is only a Pullorum-Typhoid test. Other tests are available at additional cost.
    Some states also require a flock to be AI free for importation.

    Just google, your state and NPIP for the rules.

    I have some comments on your breeds and plans. You can do it that way and many people take that approach.
    However, if you want truly great birds, you need many more of each breed. To improve a breed, you need to hatch aplenty and cull hard. You also should have more than one line of each breed.
    My recommendation is to focus on one or two breeds. You can have others but starting out, unless you have lots of housing and lots of help, choosing too many breeds will water down your program and approach.

    Keeping a single rooster will fertilize eggs but not give you options for improving the breeds. Unless you have perfect housing conditions, you may lose roosters, to predators and disease. Then what?

    What is your approach for keeping the breeds separated?
     
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  3. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will free range until chick season comes around and I have breeding pens and I'll go from there
     
  4. I Love Layers

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  5. ChickenCanoe

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    They'll have to be separated a month prior to setting eggs.
     
  6. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep[​IMG] I just need to build 2 more breeding pens
     
  7. BertandMary

    BertandMary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We can sell chickens and chicks without NPIP in NC up to, I believe, 499 dollars. After that, if the number is correct, it isn't a hobby anymore. So, check your state laws.
     
  8. 4Ever Farms

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    Do you know the rules in Pennsylvania?
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Do a search for Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture NPIP. always best to go directly to the source than some random person off the interwebz [​IMG]
     
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