I hope I'm putting this in the right place - Let me tell a little about my situation first, questions after: I own many kinds of poultry, and am considering putting up breeding pens this spring for the chickens in particular. I would like to not only keep my roosters separate MOST of the time, but to be able to separate my girls for purebred hatching eggs regularly. I'd actually like to have a rooster with 4-5 hens housed together during the spring/early summer, and market hatching eggs on a weekly basis. If I can sell hatching eggs for more than I can eggs for eating, it may be worth it IMO. With chickens, I have New Hampshires, EE's, SL wyandottes, White Leghorns, Australorps, and Rhode Island Reds. Most of these are 'hatchery' stock - though I bought the SL wyandottes, RIR, and some of the white leghorns as eggs from a local breeder who supplies many 4-H'ers and keeps what he claims are 'exhibition' quality. All I know is that they lay well, which is my main concern. I do not show, nor do I know anything about showing nor do I care to. I think productive animals are far more important than 'pretty' animals, and from what I understand, show chickens lines are often much less productive than egg laying strains... which IMO is silly. We have a group of 4 pearl guineas - two males, two females. I also have Welsh Harlequin ducks, what I'm told are 'good' quality. Metzers stock mainly, though one of the gold hens I was told had parent stock from Holderreads. I've got two silver drakes - one is silver/silver, the other is silver/gold. 4 of the hens are gold and are my parent stock, 4 of the hens are silver/gold and along with the silver/gold drake, are 2011 hatch that I raised here. My muscovies come in many colors - Blue, black, silver, lilac, blue fawn, chocolate and white. Patterns include solid, bibbed, ducliar pied, color crested white. I also have some barreds in the group, a drake and two hens. I select for duclair pied, because with that pattern they are white breasted (for meat), but still are fairly colorful, with a 'saddle' of color on their back. They dress out well but still are pretty. ---------- Right now everybody free ranges, and I have ways to separate up to 4 breeds, but the pens are NOT ideal and the housing consists of dog houses... more trouble than they're worth to separate out the breeds, IMO. I'd rather design a better way to get purebred chicken eggs. As for the ducks, I had great sucess simply penning the WH's every night and collecting eggs in the AM, then letting them out to free range with the Muscovies. They did NOT mingle with the 'scovies, and I did not have a single mule hatch last year - and I hatched quite a few under muscovy hens last year. I would advertise that there is a POSSIBILITY of mules, and would send extra eggs. My muscovies start multiple nests per year, but I am tentatively planning on suppling several 'range nests' to offer them some ideal nestbuilding areas instead of them finding areas to lay eggs which don't always work out. Now that you know a little about what I have - what I'm wondering is, should I be placing effort into online/shipped sales of purebred hatching eggs? Is there a market for the kind/quality of birds I'm offering? Is there potential profit? Are there health tests/vaccines I should do on the parent stock? What is NPIP?