what an egglayer can't have

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by seminolewind, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, if we are going to eat eggs , what chemicals are a no-no with the hens? Like if you use bug spray, bug powder, medicines, medicated feed , etc. Thanks
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Okay, let me try this again. If we eat the eggs the hens lay, what should you not use on them as far as chemicals, wormers, bug killers, etc? Karen
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, just about everything has a withdrawal time and most aren't supposed to be used on laying hens at all. All antibiotics have withdrawals, wormers, etc. I dust mine with Diatomaceous Earth rather than chemicals. I do worm prevention with pumpkin seeds and buttermilk. There is a wormer called IVOMEC EPRINEX that is a cattle wormer that has no milk or meat withdrawal times so that may be about the safest broad spectrum wormer. Almost nothing is approved for laying hens because the poultry industry culls their layers rather than treat anything and the FDA basically seems to cater to $$$$.
     
  4. arwmommy

    arwmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Speckled, can you tell me more about the pumpkin seed/buttermilk thing? I routinely give my shelled pumpkin seeds and am interested in this....
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    In pumpkin and in all winter squash seeds, I think, there is something called curcurbit that paralyzes the worm so it can be expelled. Can't remember if the buttermilk actually does something to the worm or just makes the gut a certain pH and inhospitable to worms.
     
  6. arwmommy

    arwmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So how much do you give? Do you give the seeds WITH the buttermilk? Help!
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Do you put the pumpkin seeds in the buttermilk and give it to them?

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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I just toss them a bunch of seeds sometimes, sometimes I mix it in the coffee can with scratch, sometimes I just chop them up and mix them in a pan with buttermilk and yogurt, another thing good for their gut.
     
  9. dlhunicorn

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    most buttermilk is pasteurized ... for optimum probiotic benefit give a live culture yogurt... heat will kill the bifidus culture.
     
  10. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had never heard the buttermilk thing before, will have to try it. Mine like yogurt though.

    Julie
     

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