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Duck, Goose, Chicken & Game Bird Hatchery

Health


What is the NPIP and a Form 9-3i?

January 12, 2018

NPIP stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan and is a cooperative agreement between the federal government and poultry producers. It was started in the 1930s to eliminate Pullorum disease by encouraging farms to test and eliminate birds found positive for the disease. Pullorum was a major problem at the time and was the cause of nearly 80% of the mortality in baby poultry. Once Pullorum was controlled, the NPIP expanded to cover other diseases and pathogens found in poultry.

We test for Pullorum-Typhold disease as well as Avian Influenza and Salmonella. Pullorum is tested for annually, Avian Influenza quarterly and Salmonella weekly. If you ever buy birds from us, you will see on the upper right corner of your invoice three crests showing that we are clean of Pullorum, Avian Influenza and that we are monitoring for Salmonella. The crests act as our verification from the NPIP.

In the past the NPIP required a separate sheet of paper, form 9-3i, to be included with the birds. Now, to improve efficiency, the NPIP has approved our invoice to be used as an official 9-3i – a separate sheet of paper is not required. If you must provide a 9-3i to your fair, just give them a copy of our invoice.

Every week we must notify the NPIP of all the shipments we have made - what breeds and quantities were sent and to whom. This report is required for all inter-state travel and enables the NPIP to track birds if there is a disease outbreak.

When shopping for any kind of bird, please ensure that the hatchery is a NPIP participant for Pullorum-Typhoid, Avian Influenza, and Salmonella Monitoring. This makes it safer for you, your birds and the poultry industry.

If you do ship day-olds, adults or hatching eggs across state lines you must be a member of NPIP and test for Pullorum. For more information on how to join NPIP, or learn how to generate a Form 9-3 online, if you are already a member, contact your state's NPIP director from this list