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Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby Marigold » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:48 pm

Tim has written an article on the main Poutrykeeper website about the uses and misuses of antibiotics in poultry keeping.
PLEASE READ!

http://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-medica ... rd-poultry
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby Icemaiden » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:09 am

Well said Tim, & about time too!
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby chrismahon » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:38 pm

I heard (can't remember where) that Baytril was intended to be used as the next generation of antibiotics given to people with allergies to them. To that end it was important they had never accidentally been exposed to even to tiniest amount. So it shouldn't be used for any animal for human consumption or any egg layer for human consumption either. But what Tim says makes more sense.

Our use of Baytril is restricted to our pets. Any treated hen is NEVER bred from, but they are usually so old they couldn't be bred from anyway. We always give them time to recover themselves first and just give plenty of fresh fruit and veg. We wouldn't dream of eating any bird that had ever been treated with antibiotics. Problem is when buying in stock would you know. A major breeder we met has a lot of respiratory problems, due probably to dust. She gives a cocktail of Spanish origin (cheap) antibiotics routinely.
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby Marigold » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:55 pm

Good news, that farmers may be realising the dangers of routinely using antibiotics. Let's hope it catches on.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... resistance

I thought it was particularly sad that the article says antibiotics are given to young piglets to prevent and treat diarrhoea, which occurs when they're taken from their mothers too soon. Giving them a longer time with their mothers helps prevent the problem but incurs more costs for the farmers.
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby Poultryman » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:44 pm

Does anyone know any large commercial farm that is purely organic? I'm seriously interested in antibiotic alternative.
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby Marigold » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:59 pm

I started this thread nearly three years ago, and nothing has got any better, it seems.
Is it safe to eat organic chicken?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... -superbugs
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby LadyA » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:29 am

I'm another who doesn't treat chickens, except by keeping them in good conditions, with plenty of ventilation and good food. If there's any problems, I use a strong dose of Oreganico or similar in their water for 48 hours, and if there's signs of improvement, I carry on. If not, the hen is culled.
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Re: Is your chickens' antibiotic really necessary?

Postby bigyetiman » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:45 pm

Us neither. We follow the same practice as you Lady A, usually find if one looks under the weather, they are either ok the next day, or they are on the downward spiral
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