Belle had a bumblefoot a couple of months ago and I am still vet wrapping her claw to prevent a new wound and to allow the small 'cavity' to 'come back down' to normal claw level (sorry if that isn't a good explanation) I was given the choice of baytril or cephacare to treat her for 7 days to aid the healing process.
Having used Baytril for Lizzie ( my almot 5 year old hybrid hen that had been diagnosed with an infection in the summer , although when I took her back when it came back again a couple of months later my chicken vet said it was egg peritonitis and so I had her gently PTS then) when it came to Belle I said Baytril please.
Only to be told that the rules for using Baytril had changed (though I am not sure when they changed) and that because it is used in human medicine for something to do with (I think) immune issues, it now should not be used at all in egg laying chickens and most definitely not in chickens whose eggs are going to be given away or sold because of the baytril effect in those eggs. When I asked if this was for a limited number of days (ie during treatment and for 7 days etc after) I was told no - its forever, once the chciken has had baytril even just once. The only way you can even give such eggs away apparently now is by making sure prospective consumers of your gifts are told about the Baytril.
Now I have only used Baytril this year for Lizzie who had stopped laying anyway, and also this summer for Bert (my old cockerel who I tried it with to help him through a secondary infection he had when he was near the end of his natural span) so this was not an issue for me, until I needed something for Belle earlier this winter.
I don't doubt my vet, though I do doubt my memory of exactly all the details she told me at that time. So I wondered if anyone can confirm this?
If it has changed from a treatment that was used for birds under the cascade rules (even though I know it was not designated an avian medicine) with egg withdrawal etc, why has it suddenly changed?
....chooks with attitude - Maggie, Fliss, Belle, Pheobe, Fanny Ann, Tilly, Edna and their husband Herb