4 eggs in coop...have a couple of questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bluemongoose, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. bluemongoose

    bluemongoose Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens started laying sooner than expected. So, the nest boxes were not in yet, and they are still eating medicated chick feed. [​IMG] I had one last bag to get through, and I thought I still had a couple of weeks.

    Q. 1) Can we eat the eggs if the chickens are eating medicated chicken feed? (this kind http://poultry.purinamills.com/OURPRODUCTS/Products/StartGrow/default.aspx ) There is only a bit left in their feeder, and then we were going to switch it out.

    Q. 2) I am not sure how long the eggs have been there (the nest was off in a corner). Weather here has been in the upper 70's-lower 80's. Is there a way to find out if they are still ok, or too old to safely eat? 3 were cool and 1 was very warm, like freshly laid.

    I went ahead a put them in the fridge, but I dont want to eat them if it is not safe....

    thanks!
     
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  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:I wouldn't eat them until they're off the medicated feed (which ordinarily is recommended at about 8 weeks old). BTW: That link doesn't appear to be for medicated starter (unless I read it too quickly and missed it) so, if they're just on STARTER/GROWER, the eggs would be fine to eat.
     
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  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Some people will be horrified and say "NO! Don't eat those eggs!" but I'm not one of them. It's just a bit of stuff to keep the chicks from getting cocci.

    And put the eggs in water; if they sink, they're good - if they float, they're bad.

    Eggs do not need to be refrigerated to be safe, even for a couple of weeks on a kitchen counter. I bet those 3 eggs are no more than 4 days old, and they'll be good.
     
  4. bluemongoose

    bluemongoose Out Of The Brooder

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    Water checked them....they all sunk. So I guess that means I am good there.

    The bag said starter/grower feed until they are laying and then switch...but it also says medicated. The link is the same as the one I have, but it comes in medicated and not medicated (they don't show both bags in the pic). Our store only had the medicated. I didnt know about the flock raiser being an option until last week. I though it was only for meat birds and I have younger chicks with my now laying pullets, so I didnt want to put only layena in there.

    So I suppose I should dump out the rest of the chick starter now, and just deal with the loss of that amount of food?
     
  5. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:Now that they're laying, they need the different nutritional requirements in the layer ration. Plus it's a good idea to give them some oyster shell, free-choice in the coop so they can take it when they need it. It'll keep their shells nice and hard.
     
  6. bluemongoose

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    Yep, have the oyster shell. That will be going out there tonight.[​IMG]
     

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