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When can we eat eggs again after ivermectin injection?

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My 3 little silkie hens had mites under all their fluffy feathers and it took me a while to figure out that was what was going on. The vet gave them a series of 3 Ivermectin injections over 6 weeks to kill any mite eggs that might also be on them. They're great now and are back to eating everything in the vegetable garden. They're not big layers and we get all excited for fresh eggs when they do. We got an egg today, but I'm concerned about eating the eggs when they've still got Ivermectin in their systems. How long do you think we should wait before they're safe to eat?

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Did the vet also recommend treating the premises?  He should have.  You must treat the area or they'll just keep hatching and reinfesting.  I prefer Poultry Dust for this.  You can also use DE after you've treated with the dust once since you've had an active infestation.

You can eat eggs immediately after giving ivermectin.   If you're concerned, wait 2 weeks; that's the standard for most withdrawals.

Now that they've essentially been 'wormed' too, ask your vet for ivermectin to worm them with twice annually.

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Thank you so much for the information. Yes, the vet discussed treating the area with me--even suggesting I find a way to keep sparrows away from chickens' area. He thinks that's where the mites came from.

I have purchased poultry dust and DE. They're 1 1/2 - 2 pounds. How often would you suggest dusting them?

One more question: Can I get Ivermectin from places other than the vet? (Cost me over $300 for the visit. Still reeling from it.)

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you can get a small amount of ivermectin from your vet. since he has already seen your chickens, you should just be able to walk in and get some. to purchase at a farm supply store, you have to buy such a large quantity and that is pricey.

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i purchase Ivermectin from tsc and get a small bottle for 14 bucks.. its the pour on kind just as the vets and for cattle.. you just apply 5 to 6 drop for large chickens and less for the smaller ones.. the egg withdrawl I have heard both ways so I think that is up to the individual.. I personally wait, I feel its better to be safe.. But I do no those that eat them and have no problem so that is your call.. but do call your local TSC abd see what they can do for you before you spend $ at the vet..

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