I looked at nip at one time but decided not to do it. I don't show and they don't really test for anything anyways. In some states they do but not here.
Rancher...I'm the one slinging the pills! In answer to your question, not really unless you take too much then it can make you loose. Ask your pharmacy to order you a bottle of cod liver oil. I get it from mine. It's not cheap but lasts a long time. I only use a little in their oatmeal during the winter.
Tonight is the town meeting on the zoning rules for having animals. I have to work but Dh is gking. Hopefully common sense will prevail.
Not sure how many meatier it would take to feed your family. The two of us eat all the cockerels and the older (2+) layers. If you can, get a pressure cooker. Makes for wonderful tender chicken. I also can chicken for quick meals. It's easy to do.
Off to fill the pills to pay the bills or as I tell the chickens, to buy the not so cheap feed!
Have a good day everyone!