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Can eat the egg if chicken has still been eating medicated feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kataloo, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Kataloo

    Kataloo Chirping

    Feb 4, 2014
    So I got my first egg yesterday!!! [​IMG]It was most exciting. However, the egg was really small. The hen is a buff orpington, so I think it should have been larger. I also realized, I have never changed the girls over to a layer feed. So three questions:

    1. Is it safe to eat this egg?
    2. Is that why the egg is smaller?
    3. Is it okay to finish up the medicated chick starter?
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    First eggs are generally small. They will get bigger. Congratulations on the first egg. I do not know the medicated question.
  3. Kataloo

    Kataloo Chirping

    Feb 4, 2014
    I thought that might be the case for a first egg. It was great to find it. Do hens that have just started laying lay as frequently as they will when they get a little older. I believe Buff Orpington's lay 3 to 4 eggs a week. Is that how she will start out or will she not lay that much at first?
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Pullet eggs will always be small for a couple months. Has little to do with feed and nothing to do with medicated.

    The egg is safe with this caveat. Medicated feed contains a thiamine blocker so you may consume some thiamine blocker. I doubt it's a problem.

    You could finish the medicated but I would mix it with layer feed till it's gone. Now that the birds are laying they need more calcium. You have 2 choices. Continue the med starter till it's gone and supply oyster shell on the side or
    mix the 2 feeds and supply oyster shell on the side. (better choice)

    Now that the birds are past the point that coccidiosis would be an issue, they would benefit from a B vitamin supplement because they've been a bit deprived of thiamine.
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  5. Kataloo

    Kataloo Chirping

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thanks. VERY GREAT ideas. I will go buy some today.
  6. dsbailey70

    dsbailey70 Chirping

    Jul 7, 2014
    Nederland, Texas
    In my coop/run outside I've got my two 'new' Partridge Silkies (approx 1yo & 2yo), who are eating Purina's Layena crumbles. Inside in a spare room, I have two 1 month chicks (1 EE and 1 BR) in a 100 gallon plastic stock tank. They're eating Purina Start & Grow.

    The chicks will go outside after the Silkies have been here for 2 weeks (quarantine for safety), on about August 28th. The coop & run has 2 sections that can be separated by closing a small door. That'll give them 2 weeks to get used to each other safely.

    At the point I put them all together, on or about the 12th of September, I don't know what to do about their feed. The Silkies need their layer food, and the chicks will need the Start & Grow for about another 10 weeks. I know that the chicks should not start eating layer food before they're at least 18 weeks old. How can I manage this upcoming problem? Should I mix the two feeds, and supply some oyster shell for the couple months until the chicks are old enough to start getting layer feed?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014
  7. Linda49

    Linda49 In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2014
    I think you should feed everyone the Start & Grow and put out oyster shell in a separate dish for the Silkies.
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  8. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA


    Because we often have a mixed age flock, along with our layers, we never feed layer feed. We use grower or broiler 18-20% protein and just have crushed eggshells and oyster shell on the side.

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