Eating birds that have been medicated

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

  1. Feather Dust

    Feather Dust In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2008
    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

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    What is in the medicated feed?
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    It says right on the tag "slaughter withdrawal period". It's usually 5-7 days.
  4. Feather Dust

    Feather Dust In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2008
    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 Songster

    May 22, 2007
    St. Johns, Michigan
    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 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2008
    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.

  7. jmschristiansen

    jmschristiansen In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2008
    Parker County, Texas
    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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