Got my first egg a little sooner than expected

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenBiscuit, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. ChickenBiscuit

    ChickenBiscuit Out Of The Brooder

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    My Easter Eggers are 5 months and one week old. I just switched them to layer feed a week ago. got a good looking egg this morning. Before layer feed they were eating medicated feed. I just didn't expect eggs this soon. It seemed like people were saying 7 months for easter eggers. Is this egg safe to eat? I really don't want to eat the medication. I would post a pic here but I dont know how!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    That depends on what the medicine is in the medicated feed. Usually, but not always, it is Amprolium. If it is not Amprolium, what I am about to say is not correct.

    You've hit on a bit of a controversial issue. Some "authorities" say it is not a problem to eat the eggs immediately once you stop feeding Amprolium in the medicated feed. Other "authorities" say you should not eat the eggs for a certain time, anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks.

    I'm not a medical professional but I kind of like what a bird vet said. It should not be a problem because the Ampolium does not pass through the interstinal walls that easily. But with all the differing claims, waiting a week is probably prudent. At least he said something like that.

    I'm certainly not an authority. I personally think the people recommending the longer withdrawal periods are maybe confusing the strength of Amprolium in medicine for treating Coccidiosis with the strength of Amprolium in the medicated feed to prevent it. There is a tremendous difference in the strength. If I were in your situation, I'd eat the eggs after a week's withdrawal. But that is just me.
     

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