Medicated chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Yard full o' rocks, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Cartersville, Georgia
    I have been feeding all of my chicks, up to 20 weeks old, medicated chick starter to avoid the possibility of coccidiosis (spelling??). How long do I really need to be feeding them the medicated feed in order for them to have an immunity?

    Also, I noticed my laying hens eating some of the chick started that had spilled out of an adjoining run. Somewhere I read that it is dangerous (??) to eat the eggs of a chicken who has consumed the amprolium in medicated feed. If we have unknowingly eaten a bad egg or two what might we expect? The DW is in "panic mode" [​IMG].... How much of the medicated feed would it take to cause a problem in humans? How long does it take to "flush through"?

    Thanks for any advise and counsel!!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Usually 8 weeks is enough time to gain an immunity to cocci IF and only IF they have been exposed to cocci in the soil for that time. The key is exposure in low doses + meds as they only prevent it from reproducing in the gut. Since they sound like they are on the soil, they should be fine by now.

    That said, if you ate the feed with the medication, if it is only amprolium, which it usually is, nothing would happen. If you ate it your whole life and nothing else, you may end up a bit thiamine deficient since all the amrpol is, is a thiamine analog. So really eating a few dozen eggs isn't going to do anything.

    The fear of med feed is if it contains a sulfa drug, which I hear is no longer done in most areas, and you are allergic to sulfa drugs. If you aren't alergic to the sulfa drugs, then it still doesn't matter.

    No need to panic!
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I was gonna say the person that ate the BAD egg would have violent convulsions, and often followed by a heart attack, but I think SilkieChicken would be right. [​IMG]
  4. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    Cartersville, Georgia
    Quote:THANKS SOOOO MUCH......I can now tell "worry wort" that her 41 yr old aches and pains ARE NOT from eating these eggs!!! LOL...

    Thanks again!!
  5. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    sorry I'm not quite clear about whether we can eat the eggs of chickens on a preventative does of amprol 128. We suspect one of chickens was sick with cocci, so we medicated the flock. they have been on it for 3 days, so i plan to stop it in 2 more days.

    Is it safe to eat the eggs now? or after the treatment stops? How long should i wait

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