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Took Iris to vet on Saturday for a quick wash and blow dry :lol:

She had a very mucky bottom and weather is just so bad to bath her and get her dry so went to the vets,

They cleaned her all up and seems like she has been given a Brazillian as well... her bottom is very red and sore the vet has put her on Baytrill and said no egg's ever again.

I would just like your opinion please on the subject, a few years ago when Iris was put on the medication I started using the eggs after a few months but really not sure what to do.

Would like your opinions please. Thank you.

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Yes, the NOAH compendium supports that too. So no eggs.


One of mine has been on it too, I have another Brahma and they lay very similar eggs, so I have to hope I see which one is laying otherwise I can only have the eggs from one of my three. There are subtle differences - the baytril one tends to lay smaller eggs, but without comparisons it may mean the bin for most of our eggs :( The next ladies who join the flock will definitely need individual egg colours!

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It is because of the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans. For example the antibiotic they use for a nasty food poisoning - like campylobacter is very similar to baytril. I think it is unknown how long there is residual drug in the egg (they won't fund looking into this in hens) and the fear is you would be resistant to the antibiotic should you need treatment for such a thing. So it isn't that eating them will make you ill at all.


So I guess that is up to you. My husband and I have talked about it and are unsure as yet what to do, but probably would give it 28 days at least before eating the eggs and I'm still un-decided about eating them at all! Personally I won't be giving them to my children, just because they have many more years ahead of them where they may need antibiotics. Over-use of these drugs are very much a problem in both humans and animals, we are very aware of this now in my vet practice.

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Baytril is the company name for enrofloxacin and it is a antibiotic with a relative short life (few hours). So it won't stay in the system for very long at all. It is very unlikely to be still found in eggs after weeks.

From what I can gather it's not so much the danger of the antibiotic here, as it is in the making of an resistent bacteria, dangerous for humans:


Enrofloxacin (ENR) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic sold by the Bayer Corporation under the trade name Baytril. Enrofloxacin is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of individual pets and domestic animals in the United States. In September 2005, the FDA withdrew approval of Baytril for use in water to treat flocks of poultry, as this practice was noted to promote the evolution of fluoroquinolone-resistant strains of the bacterium Campylobacter, a human pathogen
from Wikipedia


So if your chicken is not a carrier of the Campylobacter, there is very little risk in eating the eggs. Maybe your vet could do a culture after the treatment.


Don't think from this I take antibiotic resistence very lightly. In my opinion it's one of the greatest risks that mankind is taking right now.

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