Invermectin and egg wthdrawal

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The pet shop gave me a Invermectin for mites. I put 2 drops on each hen's neck a week ago. Can I eat the eggs now?

One hen looks a bit red and sore under her neck. They are moulting at the moment but this particular one never has all her feathers. She is the only one that sleeps in the coop. The other 2 sleep outside and they seem ok.

I've cleaned the coop a couple of times and sprayed it down . Can't see any mites, but I'm not desperate to stick my hand in and have them crawling all over me. They are so small I thought it was dust until they started moving . !!!

Thanks
 

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Anytime I ever dealt with mites, I've used a Permethrin-based spray.

Way easier to apply than the Ivermectin as you can just mix it in with a gallon sprayer and spray down the birds, especially near the vent and under the wings. Contrary to the Ivermectin where you have to calculate a dose (0.1ml per two pounds) and toss out the eggs for a few weeks, unlike the Premertin where there is no egg withdrawal.

My suggestion. Go to your feed store, pick up something like this :

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/gordons-permethrin-10-livestock-and-premise-spray-32-oz

Per the directions dilute it down with water, and spray the birds, and the whole coop well. Since you already dosed the birds with Ivermectin, you should only need to do this once, but you could repeat in ten-fourteen days if you'd like.
 

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I'm really curious because my vet was adamant that you can eat the eggs with no withdrawal time because Ivermectin can be prescribed to humans. I personally waited a few weeks though. 🤭
Just because it's used in humans, does not mean it's safe you eat the eggs right after. The concern is antibiotic resistance, and the reaction one may receive if allergic to that antibiotic.
 

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