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Eating birds that have been medicated

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Feather Dust, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Feather Dust

    Feather Dust Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some chicks that I hatched. I use medicated feed for my chicks until I know which ones are hens and roos. The roos I move to a 2nd cage and feed a non medicated feed. How long do I have keep them off of the medicated feed until I can eat them? Is it safe to eat them?

    Thanks in advance!!
    ~Feather Dust
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    What is in the medicated feed?
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It says right on the tag "slaughter withdrawal period". It's usually 5-7 days.
     
  4. Feather Dust

    Feather Dust Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using Purina Mills Start & Grow Sunfresh MP 0.0125% Medicated. I looked on the tag and I can't find anything about it on there. I feel so dumb! Maybe I'm missing it??[​IMG]
     
  5. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My opinion is that there is not much reason/need to medicate beyond 3 weeks, as any birds you may lose beyond that point are probably not going to die from disease.

    Additionally, some states' health codes do not allow anti-biotics to be used on food animals less than X weeks before slaughter. I believe it's 4 weeks, here (Michigan), but I'm not certain. Of course, if you're slaughtering yourself, it really doesn't matter, but a month of non-medicated feed is probably not a bad idea.

    My last batch of broilers was not medicated at all, and I only lost 2 out of 27 as chicks. I later lost 3 more due to the extreme heat we had last summer.
     
  6. Feather Dust

    Feather Dust Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your opinion Uncle Hoot! They are a good 3 months old. And it will be 4wks this Sunday off of the medicated food. So I guess they are almost ready.

    ~FD
     
  7. jmschristiansen

    jmschristiansen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a friend who is a vet, and he told me that if you are just using regular medicated feed, there is no withdrawal period, because the dosage level is so low. I have the tag from my feed bag in front of me, and it doesn't say anything about a withdrawal period. So, I would bet that at 4 weeks you are well past any need to wait.

    Good luck, I am looking forward to processing the Cornish we have, and not having to worry about them any more. The RIR and the BR are so much nicer to have around.
     

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