Testing Birds for NPIP Certification

The required test for certification in the NPIP is Salmonella pullorum/typhoid. Salmonella is tested on individual bird serum performed by the producer/owner. A maximum of 300 birds per flock have to be tested. Farm owners are trained by a field inspector to test their flocks during the initial farm inspection. Testing of the flocks and farm inspections must be performed yearly to continue certification. Mycoplasma synoviae and Avian Influenza are optional, but may be necessary for your specific business. Samples for Avian Influenza testing are collected by ISDA personnel and sent to the lab for testing. A minimum of 30 birds have to be tested for Avian Influenza every 90 days. Samples for Mycoplasma testing are collected by the owner and sent to the laboratory for testing.