Hens ate small amount of medicated feed/ toss the eggs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Haunted Chicken, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    I have 6 week old chicks in a temporary run during the day so. Not only so they can get out of the brooder during the day, but so the hens can get used to seeing them in "their" yard. Yesterday I noticed the chicks flinging some of the medicated feed (while scratching) out of the run. The hens were gobbling it up as fast as they could. No matter how hard I try they seem to find a way to get enough feed out of the feeder to make a mess and kick it out of the run.

    Do I need to toss the eggs? I'm sure they are getting tiny amounts of medicated crumbles but they are getting some. I figure they have about 2 months left of the medicated feed. I hate to just toss it, or take them off too soon for that matter. But I'd hate to toss the eggs too [​IMG]

  2. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    They'll be fine, I wouldn't toss the eggs.
  3. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Songster

    I actually sometimes give my hens a sprinkle of chick feed as a treat, every once in a big while, and I never toss the eggs. Since your girls are getting so little of the chick feed, I don't think it would make a difference. Your eggs should be fine. :)
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    As long as you aren't selling the eggs I wouldn't worry.

  5. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Thanks, I feel better about it now. Just when I think I'm getting the hang of this chicken world, my newness shows [​IMG] lol
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Medicated with what? Amprolium? A coccidiostant which you could eat yourself? Or something else? I'd not throw the eggs out.
  7. mancina

    mancina In the Brooder

    May 1, 2011
    Jeez, why would you toss them? My hens keep stealing the wee ones' feed, which they love, and it never once occurred to me to worry about their eggs! In fact, I was advised to give chick feed to a limping hen, since it apparently has more protein. All the eggs are perfectly delicious!

  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    It's a common misconception that the "medicated" feed contains some sort of antibiotic or something. It is, in a way, an antibiotic but all it does is inhibit thiamine uptake so the organisms causing cocci will be kept under control. It won't hurt you any more than it does the chick. Plus, the tiny amount that might end up in an egg... Just eat them.
  9. Haunted Chicken

    Haunted Chicken Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    I already tossed the bag, but I'm 99% sure it's Purina's medicated chick start. Thanks for all the responses. Makes total sense that they would be fine. Guess I'm a first time worrier =)

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