Feeding chicken the eggs you withhold after worming??


7 Years
Jan 11, 2013
Is it safe to feed my hens the eggs that I have withheld after worming them?? I have a few of my 2yo hens that have been molting. I know that the extra protein is good for them while molting but I'm not sure if the eggs are safe to feed them if they have worming meds in them. By the way I used safegaurd to worm with 5 days ago. I don't want to do anything that might harm them. Any advice is welcome.


6 Years
Aug 4, 2013
If any of the worming meds got into the eggs then you are still feeding them the worming meds. This means that the withdraw time starts after they stop eating them/ you stop dosing them. It won't make them sick but can help the worms build an immunity to the med. I would suggest against it just for this purpose.

Michael Apple

11 Years
Mar 6, 2008
Northern California
Do not use Safeguard (Fenbendazole) while birds are in moult. It can cause irregular feather growth.

The only time I have fed cooked, mashed eggs back to birds is to supply nutrients to a sick bird. Certainly not eggs laid during the withdrawal period from medications. Raw eggs should never be fed back to birds. Raw eggs contain a protein called Avidin. This chemical inactivates Biotin, which is a vitamin. So by doing that, it creates a vitamin deficiency. It would also encourage the bad habit of egg eating from the nest.
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