Ever since we received a question about the use of Duramycin 10 to treat chickens we have received a steady stream of visits and questions related to Duramycin 10 despite the answer we gave to the original question stating that we have never used Duramycin 10 and knew nothing about its application or associated side-effects. Not that we mind, apparently no one else knows about it either.
Duramycin 10 is an anti-biotic commonly used in the treatment of animals. Because we live and keep our chickens in the UK where such medicines are strictly controlled, we cannot easily get hold of Duramycin 10 without first visiting a vet. It’s hard to justify prohibitably expensive vet bills when chickens are so cheep (excuse the bad pun).
This doesn’t help our international chicken keeping visitors who live in countries with much more friendly chicken keeping laws and who are seeking information about the practical application of anti-biotics to chickens.
After being asked how long eggs remain inedible after treating chickens with Duramycin 10 for the umpteenth time we decided it was time to find out the answer to this great chicken keeping mystery for ourselves.
Now you might think it would be easy to find out about such a commonly used medicine (at least commonly used everywhere except for in the UK where we have such silly medicine control laws), we knew the answer must be out there on the internet somewhere and exhaustedly we searched and searched (well Sandi did since she is the internet guru out of the two of us) but to no avail.
Despite finding the question posed in forums, on the Q&A sections of distributers and retailers of Duramycin 10, and even on the all knowing yet somehow unanswering mystical magical Yahoo Questions, we could not find a definitive answer.
In fact, the closest answer we could find to this great answered question of how long before eggs laid by chickens treated with Duramycin 10 become edible again was a blanket statement that the whole of the Duramycin distribution cartel seem to have agreed on ..
“It is recommended that this not be given to layers”
I think that by the time most chicken keepers think of asking this question, it’s too late!
So we needed to dig deeper! We teamed up with one of our international chicken keeper readers, Rene’e, who shared our deep desire to answer this question about chicken keeping that seems to have eluded the internet community thusfar.
Some research, and some small amount of time banging heads against a wall, we finally tracked down the contact details of a US based company who not only manufactured Duramycin 10, but also was willing to talk to us, or Rene’e specifically. Rene’e, being the kind, sharing, and generally helpful chicken keeper that she is, was good enough to forward the reply she received which read:
“You need to discard the eggs for 3 weeks (21 days) after the last dose of Duramycin 10.”
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. With thanks to Google, Rene’e, and Durvet (the manufacturers of Duramycin 10) we hope we have finally put this great unanswered question to rest.