Salmonellae free Hatchery???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jbtcajun, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. jbtcajun

    jbtcajun Chirping

    Apr 24, 2014
    I was ordering some chicks and asked them to come with NPIP paperwork; I also discussed how hard it was to find guidelines about becoming certified Organic.
    The next day the hatchery called stating that they were not certified Salmonella free and could not provide that paperwork.
    The spokesperson stated some states required this for the NPIP certification.
    My local NPIP inspector for small farms was contacted and he stated that MS. doesn't care about certified salmonella free and all commercial hatcheries were NPIP certified. All this didn't matter because each farm is inspected and a sampling of the birds are tested. I asked if it mattered if the hatchery is certified Salmonellae free and he said no long as the birds at local certification are clean. Getting information and advice is like picking hens teeth so here I am.
    1 can I ever get certified organic if we start with birds from this hatchery?
    2 Is there more risk of infected birds from this hatchery?
    3 Would you find another source? They have a very good price and available birds for my deeded hatch time.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    IMHO, salmonella isn't that big of a concern. I don't believe any state requires them to be tested for salmonella for NPIP certification. Most states only require a Pullorum-Typhoid test.
    Being certified salmonella free won't help with organic certification. Birds can be certified organic and still have salmonella.
    As long as chicks are raised and fed organically after day 2, they can be certified.
    I think any hatchery or breeder chicks would qualify. It would probably be easier to find salmonella free from a breeder that tests as a matter of course since salmonella can be transmitted vertically.

    for USDA organic rules
    1 person likes this.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Perfect response!
  4. I suggest getting on the Spring list for Will Morrow. Salmonella is one of many things he tests for. The only one I know of that both tests rigorously and also raises his birds on pasture.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: