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My hens first eggs...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jules3, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. jules3

    jules3 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2013
    Has anyone ever heard that you should throw away your first dozen eggs? Once they start laying them.
  2. Ashdoes

    Ashdoes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2012
    Peyton, CO
    No, never.
  3. Hanna8

    Hanna8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2012
    All I can think of is that some starter feeds, but not all, can make eggs unsafe for human consumption. This could be talking about switching to layer feed and then waiting to make sure the medication in the starter feed is out of the birds' systems. But pullets lay so irregularly when they start laying... Time would be a much better gauge than number of eggs laid.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Eat them and enjoy them.

    Hanna8, medicated starter feeds contain a small amount of amprolium, which helps prevent coccidiosis. Amprolium is basically a thiamine blocker and does not leave any residue in chicken's eggs, so even if your hens ate medicated starter (for example when you have a broody hen raising chicks with the flock and the layers eat the chicks' feed), those eggs will be perfectly safe for human consumption.

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