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  •  Sick organically farmed animals (4+ / 0-)

    There is a whole field of non-antibiotic using medicine and animal husbandry springing up to support organic farmers.  Even state extension services are becoming sources of information.

    There are two schools of thought on the animals that need antibiotics.  One is to give them if the animal has a bacterial infection and take the animal out of the organic registry. The other is to only keep the animals that have natural resistance to these kinds of illnesses so that the breeding stock becomes hardier. That means only treating the animal with general good husbandry and letting it die, or helping it die, if dying seems inevitable.

    So far my turkeys have shown no illness so I haven't had to decide which school of thought I will choose when and if the time comes.

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