What does NPIP Mean

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rufflemyfeathers, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does NPIP Certified Flock mean??
     
  2. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    National Poultry Improvement Plan. It's an annual test to make sure your flock is free of certain diseases. Here in FL, it's a free service. You get a reference number and paperwork to prove to shows/buyers that you have healthy birds.
     
  3. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where would I get this at??
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Call your State Dept of Agriculture. It's a USDA program and has many restrictions involved with it-you can only add birds from other NPIP flocks, etc.
     
  5. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok..I don't plan on adding any other birds to mine except what eggs I hatch out and so far all the eggs have purchased came from NPIP Certified flocks..so that means later on I get my tested..do they come to your place or do I haul all the chickens to them.
     
  6. Mrs MIA

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    If you have a lot of birds it's easier for them to come to you. [​IMG]
     
  7. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks for the info and I will keep that in mind..how old do they have to be to get tested mine are just babies yet?
     
  8. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does everyone that sell eggs get them tested.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they dont. NPIP usually only tests for three or four diseases, but there are so many more they may contract. Some can be passed through the egg, but some cannot.
    I'd say the vast majority who sell eggs are not NPIP certified.
     
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  10. Mrs MIA

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    The birds have to be a minimum of 16 weeks old to be tested, from what I've been told. I have the State Vet coming next month to test all of mine, because they were too young in August. [​IMG]
     

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