You are supposed to be NPIP in order to ship eggs too. That is true for sales in state too even though most people ignore that rule. It has been well worth the effort for me. But that is all it has been is a bit of effort. The tester is usually here by 8 or 9 AM after about a 2 hour drive. I set him up with a table in the middle of all the coops, then I have to catch every bird and carry them to him. What makes it hard is that all my birds are wild. I usually black out all the windows before dawn so it is much easier to catch them.Interesting, a breeder here announced they won't be shipping chicks anymore due to the costs of NPIP certification. Have no clue about the details, and no interest in being NPIP.
So you don't know what the cost is in MI?
Never mind, I just looked it up. As of 3 years ago, it was $300 for the initial registration and $125 per year, which doesn't include tester fees That is an increase from $15 per year.
Whaaat? If that were the case here, I likely wouldn't do it.
It doesn't cost me a red cent to be in the program.
If they do something like that in MO, I'll probably be out of the poultry business. Between that, feed, housing, electricity, brooders, incubators, shippers, et. al.. I would be paying out of pocket for my hobby.
I would probably drop out of the program, close off the flock, build them up, sell the whole operation and move to Costa Rica. Maybe ship my best birds there and start fresh.
Charging those kind of fees will encourage people to sail under the radar making a more unsafe environment for all.