Gave me starter/grower instead of layer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Cabe, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to the feed store yesterday and told the guy I wanted 50lbs of layer feed, he loaded it up in the back and off I went. Last night when I went to put it in my feed container I noticed it was starter/grower and that it was medicated, I was wondering if it was o.k. to give this to my hens who all are laying and will this effect their eggs since it's medicated. I should have went to tractor supply like I usually do, but I was in a hurry and the feed store is closer. I would appreciate any advice ya'll have to give.

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  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I have done that a few times and suffered no ill effects. If you are getting some layer feed, it wont hurt. I have used 50/50 chick feed and layer feed without any problems.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's fine. If the "medication" for cocci is amprolium, not to worry as that has no withdrawal time. It usually is but some feeds may use another medication which you shouldn't eat. I bet it is amprolium though so it is fine to use. Plus, it probably has more protein which is good for your birds during molting season. Just give them free choice oyster shell if they don't already have it.
     
  4. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much. I have had my chickens for a couple of years and I usually go to tractor supply and get what I need myself so I never had a problem before. I was worried about the fact that it said it was medicated (thought we might grow some feathers or something after eating the eggs)[​IMG]. Thanks again for responding so quickly.

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  5. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went outside and pulled the tag off the bag and is says:
    Active drug ingredient:
    Bacitracin Methylene Disallcylate

    Will that be O.K.
     
  6. silkiechicken

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  7. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I should just chunk it and go get some layer.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Can you not return it? I would just use it since they even give that drug to meat birds that you eat.
     
  9. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I probably could return it. I found a the fda site and they said it was used for ulcerative enteritis (what every that is) in quail although they did say it was used for chickens and turkeys. It also said that their was no withdrawl time, does that mean that it should not linger in the meat/eggs?
    I guess I will go ahead and use it some of my girls are molting you said the extra protien would do them some good. Two of them look pretty bad, I took a funny pic of one of them yesterday, she had only one tail feather left and it looked so funny on her bottom there all by its self.
     
  10. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ulcerative Enteritis is an acute, highly contagious disease of chickens and quail caused by the bacterium Clostridium colinum and characterised by ulcers of the intestines and caecae (blind sacs which are lined by intestinal mucosa cells near the rectum). Mortality is almost inevitable in most cases though.
     

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