Can I do ANYTHING with the eggs???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by yinzerchick, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    I've been searching off and on for a few days and can't seem to find the answer...

    I wormed my chickens last night with an oral dose of 1/2 cc of valbazen, all 58 of them. This wasn't an easy decision, but I had seen several droppings on the roost with roundworms over the past few months. I use ACV, garlic, DE, and crushed red pepper as preventatives, but apparently living in a hot, humid climate with free ranging chickens I guess it wasn't enough.

    So we wormed last night (Happy to report all are alive and well this morning, I had terrible visions of them all laying dead under their roosts this morning because I had done it) [​IMG]

    I've had them 2 1/2 years and this is the first time I wormed. It was not an easy decision...so many different thoughts on the subject. Anyway...

    I know egg withdrawl is 14 days after the second dose. Even though the girls egg production has been sluggish in our high heat, we still get between 20-30 eggs daily. That's a lot of eggs to toss.

    However, I knew this before worming them, and had come to terms with it...I thought. [​IMG]This is going to be harder than I imagined...tossing out all those beautiful eggs...sniff, sniff....[​IMG]

    Well, finally, my question... Would it be okay to feed some of the eggs back to the chickens? Not all of them, just a dozen or so, and cooked of course. Just once a week, as a treat, with some yogurt and noodles and other yummies? (yeah, they're spoiled) What about cooking some up for my dogs to add with their suppers a couple times a week? (yeah, they're spoiled too) [​IMG]

    Just wondering, I'd like to be able to use at least a few dozen of them, before I start filling the compost pile with eggs. Thoughts please??
    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Some of the wormer will be in the eggs, not all of it. You could feed them to the dogs, but the dogs will be getting some wormer. You could feed them back but might extend the withdrawal.
    You could compost them or use them as a bait for trapping predators.

    I'm planning on worming one flock at a time. It won't affect how many eggs I lose but at least I'll still be getting eggs to eat and incubate from the non-wormed flocks.
     
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  3. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I had to worm my chickens (Yes, it is a very very hard decision.) and I had to throw away the eggs for a week. I was wondering the same thing - I would say no. The chickens would eat the eggs and pick up the traces of valbazen in the eggs and get it back in their system. It is a hard thing to do, and it hurts, but just throw the eggs away.
     
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  4. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies...I guess I'll just have to pull up my big girl britches and (cringe) toss 'em into the compost pile. Thanks again for the good advise! [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    At least you have a compost pile - I had to toss them down the drain!!!
     
  6. Wouldn't you want to avoid putting a pesticide in your compost, so you don't kill the good organisms? Even if I'm wrong there, wouldn't it stink to high heavens?
     

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