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New to this...am I supposed to be giving them meds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NicInNC, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only ever had chickens for pets and we've never eaten their eggs. We currently have only 2 banty hens and I would like to actually eat their eggs. I know we won't get many eggs, but the few we do get, I don't want to go to waste.

    They haven't started laying yet. We got them this past summer. I know I have to start giving them oyster shell (I'm starting that today), but am I supposed to be giving them some sort of medicine? I read something about antibiotics. How will I know if the eggs are safe to eat?
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don`t eat their eggs if they`re sick and don`t give them medicine unless they`re sick. Easy, huh?? Relax and enjoy your girls.
     
  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    you are right about not getting too many eggs, I have 4 bantams and have gotten 2 eggs in 3 months!!!
     
  4. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Is there a reason why you think you need to be giving them meds? If they are not sick, there is no reason to give them meds.

    Also, you don't need to give them oyster shells until they start to lay eggs. When they do, just make it available to them and they will eat it as needed.

    It is wonderful to get fresh eggs from your chickens! Enjoy them! [​IMG]
     
  5. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'm kind of scared. I keep telling myself that the store bought eggs are not fresh like the ones I'll get from my own chickens, but I guess I'm still nervous about eating them. When I buy eggs from the store, I know that there are regulations in place to make sure that the food is safe. So, I ask myself "how do I know mine are safe?". It's silly, I know.

    Heck, regulations are in place, yet they didn't help all the people that got sick from the peanut butter! I need to do like you said and relax.
     
  6. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you kidding me?! [​IMG]

    I want more bantams. I love them. Our girls are sooooo sweet!
     
  7. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Quote:When you eat your fresh eggs for the first time, you will know the difference between "farm fresh"and "store fresh". There is NO comparison.
     
  8. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:knowing what your chickens are eating and how they live should give you a better piece of mind about eating those fresh eggs instead of those poor chickens confined to little indoor cages and who knows what they give them to produce eggs quickly. Yours are way safer then store bought eat up [​IMG]
     

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