Question about giving hen baby aspirin / Meloxidyl

Amethyst288

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One of our hens was limping so I took her to the vet. It wasn't bumblefoot. She has one crooked claw that she sometimes trips on.
The vet gave Meloxidyl (1.5mg Oral Suspension) and advised that we don't eat the eggs for two months. We only gave it to her for about two days and she was already better, so we have to wait two months before eating the eggs again.
If I need to help a hen that is limping (that isn't bumblefoot) in the future, I don't really want to give Meloxidyl again.
Has anyone used half a baby aspirin instead for leg injuries? Can you continue to eat the eggs? Thanks
 
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FluffyButtBabies

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Aspirin with the correct dosage as a pain relief can be used, but only for a short period of time (2-3 days), because any more can be toxic. You shouldn't use it on hens with open wounds though, as it can also act as a blood thinner. You'd have to find the correct dosage though for your bird's weight before you administered it. If she's a bantam I'd do 20 mg, and 30-40 for a medium sized hen. Less is always safer. Even then I'd still wait a few days after the final dose to eat the eggs, in case any residue of the medicine remains.
 

Amethyst288

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Aspirin with the correct dosage as a pain relief can be used, but only for a short period of time (2-3 days), because any more can be toxic. You shouldn't use it on hens with open wounds though, as it can also act as a blood thinner. You'd have to find the correct dosage though for your bird's weight before you administered it. If she's a bantam I'd do 20 mg, and 30-40 for a medium sized hen. Less is always safer. Even then I'd still wait a few days after the final dose to eat the eggs, in case any residue of the medicine remains.
Thank you, FluffyButtBabies! This information is so helpful. :thumbsup
 

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I think the vet just made up that egg withdrawal time. Meloxidyl or meloxicam is probably a lot better to give for inflammation than aspirin, which can cause intestinal bleeding when used for more than 3 days. Hardly any medications are okay to give chickens because of trace amounts passed in meat or hatching eggs. Vets tend to tell you that you can never eat the eggs again, because not a lot of studies are even done on most drugs and chickens.

In this article, it says that meloxicam is only found in eggs for up to 8 days. They say waiting 2 weeks is okay:
https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_compmedpubs/157/
 

Saaniya

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One of our hens was limping so I took her to the vet. It wasn't bumblefoot. She has one crooked claw that she sometimes trips on.
The vet gave Meloxidyl (1.5mg Oral Suspension) and advised that we don't eat the eggs for two months. We only gave it to her for about two days and she was already better, so we have to wait two months before eating the eggs again.
If I need to help a hen that is limping (that isn't bumblefoot) in the future, I don't really want to give Meloxidyl again.
Has anyone used half a baby aspirin instead for leg injuries? Can you continue to eat the eggs? Thanks
I can suggest you a natural anti-inflammatory I used it personally and my friend whose hen had avain arthritis and it's pretty helpful

• Moringa (Drumstick Extract)

This is a natural Anti-inflammatory for chickens and there's no side effects of it
 

Amethyst288

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I think the vet just made up that egg withdrawal time. Meloxidyl or meloxicam is probably a lot better to give for inflammation than aspirin, which can cause intestinal bleeding when used for more than 3 days. Hardly any medications are okay to give chickens because of trace amounts passed in meat or hatching eggs. Vets tend to tell you that you can never eat the eggs again, because not a lot of studies are even done on most drugs and chickens.

In this article, it says that meloxicam is only found in eggs for up to 8 days. They say waiting 2 weeks is okay:
https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_compmedpubs/157/
Thank you, Eggcessive! Thank you for the information about there not being a lot of studies done on most drugs and chickens. Wow, as you said - just two weeks of withdrawal time should be ok to eat the eggs again.
I can suggest you a natural anti-inflammatory I used it personally and my friend whose hen had avain arthritis and it's pretty helpful

• Moringa (Drumstick Extract)

This is a natural Anti-inflammatory for chickens and there's no side effects of it
Thank you, Saaniya! Moringa extract, the anti-inflammatory for chickens sounds interesting! Will look it up and see who sells it.
 

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