What is NPIP certification? The NPIP (or National Poultry Improvement Program) is an organization which is dedicated to improving the quality of health for commercial poultry by applying a standardized regiment of disease prevention measures and disease testing. Since we are shipping poultry all over the U.S. it is very important that the poultry is free from contagious diseases. All the hatcheries we ship from are part of the NPIP program and so they are subject to regular inspections, disease testing, and standardized disease prevention practices – such as foot bleach baths, tire disinfectant, and constant testing for any diseases. They are subject to all state held regulations. We feel the hatcheries we work with are the best of the best and we are proud to work with them providing hobby farmers and family farms with baby chicks of exceptional quality! You can order our poultry with confidence backed by your knowledge that our suppliers meet stringent NPIP standards.
Taken from PoultryImprovement.org’s home page:
The National Poultry Improvement Plan was established in the early 1930’s to provide a cooperative industry, state, and federal program through which new diagnostic technology can be effectively applied to the improvement of poultry and poultry products throughout the country. The development of the NPIP was initiated to eliminate Pullorum Disease caused by Salmonella pullorum which was rampant in poultry and could cause upwards of 80% mortality in baby poultry. The program was later extended and refined to include testing and monitoring for Salmonella typhoid, Salmonella enteritidis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Mycoplasma synoviae, Mycoplasma meleagridis, and Avian Influenza. In addition, the NPIP currently includes commercial poultry, turkeys, waterfowl, exhibition poultry, backyard poultry, and game birds. The technical and management provisions of the NPIP have been developed jointly by Industry members and State and Federal officials. These criteria have established standards for the evaluation of poultry with respect to freedom from NPIP diseases.