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Feeding medicated feed to meat birds

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Hello there everyone!  We have our entire flock of heavy breed birds on chick starter medicated chick feed.  It's about time to start processing the meat birds - is there a problem with them having eaten this feed?  Should we take them off of it for a time before processing and eating the meat?

Thanks for you help!

post #2 of 4

I believe it is two weeks... but you need to read the package. It may be more or less.

Arklady

My chickens: French Cuckoo Marans, Red Dorkings, Blacktailed Japs.
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My chickens: French Cuckoo Marans, Red Dorkings, Blacktailed Japs.
My BYC Page...  *For Sale page now listed*
http://www.angelfire.com/arkladypae/index.html
(sorry its off site nifty site page builder didn't work for me)
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Thanks Arklady -

I just looked on the bag and it says "feed 1 day old to finish" - it's medicated for coccidiosis, so I guess the company feels it's not a concern in meat birds?

post #4 of 4

If there isn't a withdrawal period listed on the tag, get the name of the "active ingredient" and google it.  All the commerical feeds seem to use a different drug, but I want to say it's around 5 days for most the withdrawal times.

I never use medicated feeds on broilers, since it's a huge marketing advantage to say "no medicated feeds were used".  However, I have certainly lost cluckers to coccidiosis (we had a wet, cold spring).  I just have to work out an expected mortality in my cost analysis.

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