The wind chill was about 10 degrees F when we went out to feed the ducks this morning. Brrrrr! Nonetheless, the ducks were not daunted and headed down to Duck Landing for some water fun. Pictured to the left are Lucy (aka Goose) and Mouse. If you’ve been following the blog, you know that Goose made a trip to the vet on Monday for a foot issue. She’s been on medication ever since (both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory). We’re pleased to report that she appears to be doing well. The swelling is down, and she’s moving around more. Unfortunately, we have stopped eating their eggs because of the antibiotic. While we could separate her, and then eat the others’ eggs, we don’t think the stress is worth it at the moment. We’re waiting for final word from the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) about when we can resume egg consumption.
For those of you who don’t know, FARAD is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and is staffed by highly-trained veterinary pharmacologists, toxicologists and food animal specialists. FARAD provides best available scientific information on drug residues in animal-derived foods like eggs (they also address residues from pesticides, natural toxins and environmental contaminants). Because each treatment situation is unique, FARAD is careful about offering blanket advice on most drugs. FARAD’s “typical recommendation when veterinarians prescribe Clavamox to layers is to observe an egg discard period of 6-8 weeks.” To get a specific answer, however, the prescribing veterinarian can submit a request through the FARAD website.