Hi, I'm currently trying to deal with a SLM problem (my own fault for buying Silkies with it when I was a total ignoramus then not recognising it for along time, then thinking it had got better then realising it hadn't) in my flock of chooks - half of whom have feathered legs or lots of fluff (my lovely Orps). After reading the huge SLM thread on here and lots of other shorter ones as well I decided to go with the Vaseline option (with a tiny amount of Tea Tree Oil), I also wanted to try Castor Oil but not easy to find here. After treating my 2 Silkies I was very impressed with how good they looked after only 1 treatment 2 weeks ago and hoping that the 2nd one I did yesterday will eliminate the issue (or all but). However after doing 7 of them yesterday with a soak in olive oil soapy water and then the Vaseline I feel like I'm goign to be a fighting a loosing battle getting through all 18 of them (although we need to send a few roos to freezer camp so i think we are going to do that asap which will reduce the burden of the process). As a result I have started rethinking ivermectin and have started doing some reading. I know there are a good few people on here who use it. I have also read on here that you should bin eggs for 3 weeks or something but not yet come across anything saying if this is the case and for what reasons. I thought I'd put down my thoughts while I'm making my decision and see what you all think too. I know isn't necessarily all great research from Wikipedia but the article on it seems quite good and most of the points are referenced to studies (I've not yet done any further reading from the list although I did speed read a couple of French articles earlier). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivermectin I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I am happy to not bin the eggs. It is now (although not in the beginning) a human drug as well as an animal one. Has the binning the egg thing come from before it was recognised as a safe drug for humans? Here are some interesting snippets from the article: It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Ivermectin can be given by mouth, topically, or via injection. It does not readily cross the blood–brain barrier of mammals due to the presence of P-glycoprotein, Contraindications Ivermectin is contraindicated in children under the age of five, or those who weigh less than 15 kilograms (33 pounds) and those who are breastfeeding, and have a liver or kidney disease.[42 I won't be giving my 4 year old any eggs in the 3 week period (even though he does weigh over 15kg and obviously if any even gets into the eggs it would be at very tiny amounts) - he can have the ones kept from before treatment. I also won't sell any to the neighbours but other than that I cna't see that in the tiny doses they will be getting that really it will do very much at all. I am looking at doing this as a once off to get on top of my SLM problem rather than it carrying on for months more, to then in future be much more vigilant in checking thier feet and slapping on preventative Vaseline occasionally. What do you all think?