HPBAA's goal with this page is to discuss with it's viewers the importance of being NPIP Certified. While there are certainly loop holes in this nations attempt at keeping down diseases, complying with the law when shipping eggs is strongly recommended by HPBAA. To learn more about NPIP Certification, contact your states department of agriculture below. NPIP simply stands for National Poultry Improvement Plan.
The truth about NPIP Certification is this. In the State of Tennessee, flocks are tested for Pullorum, Typhoid, and Avian Bird Flu. Other states either require more or less in their testing procedures. The cost may be different and that process more or less complicated. However, regardless of the requirement in your state IT IS THE LAW TO SHIP FROM FLOCKS THAT HAVE BEEN NPIP TESTED. HPBAA, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for any members actions of refusing to ship by the law. We can only tell you what the law is. We cannot make you go by it.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SHIP WITHOUT NPIP CERTIFICATION?
In most cases, nothing happens. The states and the U.S. Postal Service have not gotten on the same page with the program. Until they do, eggs and birds will continue to get shipped without the proper certification. The worst case scenerio is that the eggs are confiscated at the local post office and the buyer never receives them. The breeder will get a nasty letter regarding the requirement for NPIP Certification. To the best of HPBAA's knowledge, there has not been a fine issued in the U.S. for shipping without NPIP Certification. This is subject to change and HPBAA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE if you do get fined for not complying with your state's laws.
WHAT IF I GET A DISEASE FROM A BREEDER'S SHIPMENT TO ME?
Most transportable diseases are not tested for even in an NPIP Certified Flock. With that said, a disease may still be obtained from an NPIP Certified Breeder. HPBAA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE if a disease gets transported to you. However, the breeder will be questioned about their decision to ship eggs or birds from a flock that may have presented symptoms of sickness prior to shipment. Some diseases transported do not exhibit symptoms in the breeding flock. If a breeders is found to have a disease in their flock and they continue to ship from that flock, they will be removed as a member of this site. If it is a one time thing, the breeder will be expected to act with integrity toward the buyer and make it right. Failure to do so will also result in being removed as a member of this site.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DISEASES NOT TESTED FOR BY NPIP?
Again, this will vary from state to state. In most cases, the following transportable diseases are not tested for in an NPIP flock.
6. Any form of worm or parasite.
Diseases 4. - 6. are transported by live birds only. Other diseases not mentioned here may or may not be tested for during NPIP Certification but still transported by egg or bird to a buyer. HPBAA strongly suggest that all shipments be quarantined for a period of time before mixing with other birds or eggs.
STATE NPIP OFFICES: Click on your State below to access the contact information you need to learn how to become NPIP Certified in your state. The states are in alphabetical order:
We could not get the link for Wyoming to work so we have attached the contact information below:
Michael G. McDole
APHIS Area Veterinarian-In-Charge
5353 Yellowstone Road, Room 209
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Voice: (307) 432-7960
Fax: (307) 772-2592
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NPIP
TO MAKE A REQUEST OF USDA FOR ALL LEGALLY IMPORTED BIRDS INTO THE US!