when to eat eggs from a chicken you don't know?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenma, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I just bought a laying hen from some one that I don't know.
    When I picked up the hen. She smelled really bad. [​IMG] We drove her home and decided not to eat her eggs but wait for 2 weeks. I was hoping that she would get rid of the bad smell and that every thing what is in her body is flushed out by then.
    Does this sound crazy or would you eat the eggs. She layed 4 eggs already this week and doesn't smell anymore. She is actually a real pretty bantam hen.
    I'm not sure what kind of feed she got, or if it was medicated. She lays tinted pinkish eggs. I feed my chickens non medicated food.
    Does anyone know when medicated food is out of the body? [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Thanks
  2. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    Could you work out why she smelt - was it just because she was dirty?! We found a battery hen that had escaped from the factory a few years ago, and when we first brought her home she STANK! But, after living outside for a few days & dust bathing, she smelt perfectly fine and her eggs were lovely [​IMG]

    Not sure about medicated food, but when our hen was on medication (can't remember what for now) we were told not to eat the eggs for two weeks...??
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    I dunno, if a hen had a odd odor, I would definately put her in a tub of water, keep her inside for 24 hours atleast to see if its an infection, please make sure you quarentined her for 30 days. Also, many of us eat eggs that we don't know. From farms that deal with below our standards conditions.
    I'd giver her 5 days or so to aclimate, show signs of distress (obviously none) and eat those eggs.
  4. griffin45

    griffin45 Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    South Central Virgina
    Medications are all different. Wazine wormer says 10 days, some of the coccidiodosis meds say 10 - 14 days, some of the antibiotics say 3 days. If you don't know what they may have been given I would wait 14 days to be safe.

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