URGENT! Can I eat a turkey that has been on medicated grower?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by zowieyellowflame, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I have a turkey with bad legs, I think I will be putting him down today unless my splint works. He is a bbw, likely around 8-9 lb. He has been eating medicated grower pellets. (medicated for prevention of black head)
    Is it safe to eat the meat or should I bury him?
    Thanks
     
  2. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would not eat a bird on med feed.they say not to even eat eggs from hens on meds.i would want them off med feed for 2 weeks or so
     
  3. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does the label on the feed state as the withdraw period?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Depends upon what the medication is and what the clearing or withdrawal recommendation is for that medication.
     
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking up online for turkey feed with medication for blackhead, the feed I found with the medication says the withdrawl period is 5 days before slaughter.
    So, no, I wouldn't eat it.
    Also, it is specifically labeled to not be fed to horses or dogs, so don't feed the dead bird to the dogs either or they may have a negative reaction.

    EDITED TO ADD: But that is only the stuff I found, what you are using may be different. If you can, check the bag. Otherwise err on the side of caution.
     
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  6. bullyforme

    bullyforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could give the splints some time to work, it says only 5 days is needed to clean out the medication, in the meantime feed him something non-medicated.
     
  7. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never thought to look at the bag. [​IMG] I just looked, it says to withdraw for 5 days.

    I just tried to pick the turkey up and get a better look. The knees are not broken, they just have a strong tendancy to turn inward. They can remain straight and if so, the turkey is able to support his own weight. I am going to try placing a wooden dowel on the inner side of the knee and wrapping with a tensor bandage. If this allows him to get around better, I will give him the 5 days. I think too, I should give him a smaller enclosure, by himself. I will get him off medicated feed right away. Can turkeys eat cracked corn? For a day until I get to the feedstore?
     
  8. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Corn will be fine.
     

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