My four hens I purchased in 2009 had few antibiotics. When I got them, they were about three days old. Until then, they had antibiotics for their whole life. I purchased about two cups of their feed so they would not have a drastic change in diet. There were 10 chicks to share this old feed. I mixed it with their cornmeal and oats for about a week to slowly withdraw them from the antibiotics. I only have Thelma left from the original four, but each new addition was older and was immediately withdrawn from antibiotics. I can eat eggs with no fear.
Sure, some have died, but that happens with hens. They die sometimes from unknown reasons even when they have been fed antibiotics.
Read here for the rest of the news about antibiotic use in Factory Farms where our meat is raised. Our health is at stake.
Wendy sent this site about the human consequences of unchecked animal antiobiotic use.
Are you raising your own meat, eggs, and milk? Or, do you forego eating meat, eggs, and milk products?