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HerkNav 06-12-2013 05:39 PM

How long after feeding medicated food can you eat the eggs?
 
My chickens just started laying eggs, but I've been feeding them medicated feed. How long after I take them off the medicated feed before the eggs are safe to eat?

kaufranc 06-12-2013 07:21 PM

Sorry can't help you there. I have never feed my chickens medicated feed. Maybe someone else on here can tell you. Good luck!

fuzziebutt 06-12-2013 07:31 PM

What medicated feed have they been eating? If it is chick starter, then you can probably go ahead and eat the eggs, but just to be safe, I would scramble the eggs and feed them back to the girls for about 2 weeks. It will help them with some protein and the eggs won't go to waste. :)

Wazza 06-12-2013 07:54 PM

What is the medication in the feed and what is it for? I am not a fan of routine use of antibiotics and wondered why medicated feed was considered 'better'. Surely there must be something wrong with the system if this is 'necessary'...?

fuzziebutt 06-12-2013 08:11 PM

Medicated chick starter vaccinates against coccidiosis, and helps with some of the vitamins they can use. It's just whatever you wanna use, but I used the medicated, to me it was better than possible risks. :)

HerkNav 06-12-2013 09:17 PM

I was using chick starter. I'm not a huge fan of the antibiotics either, but I bought my chicks locally and the breeder recommended using medicated starter. I was going to take them off of it as soon as their current feed runs out, which will be this week. I didn't expect to start getting eggs until August, so I didn't think it would be an issue. I was told that the medicated feed makes the eggs toxic.

Clearcut23 06-13-2013 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by HerkNav
I was using chick starter. I'm not a huge fan of the antibiotics either, but I bought my chicks locally and the breeder recommended using medicated starter. I was going to take them off of it as soon as their current feed runs out, which will be this week. I didn't expect to start getting eggs until August, so I didn't think it would be an issue. I was told that the medicated feed makes the eggs toxic.

That's good to know. I won't get eggs till August as well. I have 8 chicks 5 for eggs and 3 for meat. I bought them the big bag of medicated starter in April when I got them an it just ran out two weeks ago so now they are on grower feed. Will the medicated feed do anything to ruin the meat birds meat? The meat birds have maybe another month left. They also eat my grass and left over veggies and what not. They love watermelon.

HerkNav 06-13-2013 07:22 PM

Sorry, I don't know the answer about the meat birds, but I would give them some time to process the antibiotics before butchering. Maybe someone else has a better answer on the meat birds.

ReTIRED 06-13-2013 09:53 PM

Although I don't use it (medicated feed), I DOUBT that it has ANY effect upon the eggs.
( I feed my chickens leaves of garlic and alfalfa and hot chiles for "antibiotics". ...some other natural sources, also.)
I don't think that the "medication" in the feed would be allowed IF it was detrimental to the eggs OR the meat.

just MY unverified opinion.
-ReTIRED- :)

jwalk324 06-15-2013 10:16 AM

We were told to use it as well on our chicks! I am glad I found this app!


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