Eggs & Antibiotics...

topic posted Mon, March 14, 2005 - 1:27 PM by  moody
So all the chickens lived -- they were all on anitibiotics -- come are still a little wheezy -- but recovering nicely.

Now -- can I really not eat the eggs because of the medicine they were on?
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  • Unsu...

    Re: Eggs & Antibiotics...

    Tue, March 15, 2005 - 7:27 PM
    If the bottle says don't do it then you shouldn't do it.

    That said, I switch them to scratch feed for about a month (so they won't lay as many eggs; they lay more when there is laying feed) after I've had to treat them, and bury any eggs that gets laid nonetheless. And then I go back to treating them like regular chickens. But be warning, you are not supposed to do this and I do not know exactly why or what happens. It does seem to me that whatever it is that happens to them can't last forever.
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    Tue, March 15, 2005 - 10:40 PM
    I'm happy your chickens survived and are recovering. Can you put the eggs into a compost heap? It seems a shame to waste them entirely.
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      Wed, March 16, 2005 - 6:46 AM
      yes we can do that.
      I will check the label on the meds & see if it says anything about not eating the eggs.
      • Unsu...

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        Wed, March 16, 2005 - 3:08 PM
        Yes there are antibiotics that have the warning and those that don't. Some meds are safe to use. Let me look.

        Ok, here is a dewormer called "Wazine" that I used in a few chickens last year. It says "WARNING: Do not use in chickens producing eggs for human consumption." And that's all it says. The chickens I used it on were actually the meat chickens so I guess its OK. But even so, it couldn't possibly ruin the chickens forever could it?

        And here is "Sulmet" antibacterial solution. Works pretty good - I used it on a chicken whose head was half eaten by a possum, lying half dead, and she recovered, as did a rooster whose backside was removed by a dog. The hen never did lay eggs again and turned mean though so who knows.

        "WARNING: Do not medicate chickens or Turkeys producing eggs for human consumption. To avoid drug residues in edible flesh--wthdrow medication from chickens and turkeys ten (10) days prior to slaughter for food."

        Now this is pretty interesting actually. What exactly is it that these medicines due to eggs anyway? And do the effects last a lifetime? Do chickens, treated once, lay poisonous balisk eggs forever? And how does that work, since it is roosters that lay the poisonous balisk eggs?
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          Wed, March 16, 2005 - 6:06 PM
          These things are kind of scary sounding. It makes me wonder what is the difference between people antibiotics and animal ones. I have to admit they probably saved my life when my appendix ruptured last year, not that I'm going to lay an egg, but do they affect not yet concieved children?
          • Unsu...

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            Wed, March 16, 2005 - 6:36 PM
            I wouldn't take these chicken antibiotics - chickens have a totally different biology. Antibiotics for horses and cows and stuff, a lot of those are the same, like penicillin, whcih you can give shots to your cows for mastitis and stuff. You can look up side effects in the PDR - if birth defects or chromosomal damage is possible, it would be listed. I do think that antibiotics have to be done carefully if one is pregnant, or breast feeding. I think chromosomal damage is something you only see from extreme drugs, like antivirals.
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    Thu, March 17, 2005 - 7:43 PM
    An egg takes about 10 days from its beginning to its end..... So if you have a withdrawl period of 10 days on the eggs, you should be OK.

    No body should really consume antibiotics without needing them or doing the full prescribed course.

    I would never just feed a chicken scratch as their sole diet as it is not nutritionally sound. Sure it stops them laying.... because it stuffs up their system.

    As a good rule of thumb: Just let them lay normally and don't eat the eggs for at least 10 days after the meds stop.

    Unless specified on the meds.

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