Feeding medicated feed to meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Marc33, May 25, 2007.

  1. Marc33

    Marc33 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello there everyone! We have our entire flock of heavy breed birds on chick starter medicated chick feed. It's about time to start processing the meat birds - is there a problem with them having eaten this feed? Should we take them off of it for a time before processing and eating the meat?

    Thanks for you help!
     
  2. Arklady

    Arklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe it is two weeks... but you need to read the package. It may be more or less.

    Arklady
     
  3. Marc33

    Marc33 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Arklady -

    I just looked on the bag and it says "feed 1 day old to finish" - it's medicated for coccidiosis, so I guess the company feels it's not a concern in meat birds?
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    If there isn't a withdrawal period listed on the tag, get the name of the "active ingredient" and google it. All the commerical feeds seem to use a different drug, but I want to say it's around 5 days for most the withdrawal times.

    I never use medicated feeds on broilers, since it's a huge marketing advantage to say "no medicated feeds were used". However, I have certainly lost cluckers to coccidiosis (we had a wet, cold spring). I just have to work out an expected mortality in my cost analysis.
     

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