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I have 3 RIR's and 3 ISA's all 5 months old. I integrated my newest girls a week or so ago (3 Amercaunas and 3 BA's) they are 2 months old. My question is how do I keep the older girls from eating the chick starter feed? And is there a problem with the big girls eating the medicated feed if we are eating the eggs?
My coop is 9x12 and run is 14x16. I had the little ones in one of those cheap Rual King coops inside the run for about a month for a no touch see em approach before I let them together.
They free range together... I say together but rather two separate groups and the big ones don't bother the little ones. In the coop it's a different story. It's like the newbies are pretty much scared to go out into the run and stay in the coop on the roost or poop board unless the big ones are out in the run.
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Depends on what 'medication' is in the feed.

If it's amprolium for coccidosis prevention, they are fine to eat.

It's not really a medication but a thiamine blocker to deter the growth of the protozoa coccidia. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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Originally Posted by aart View Post

Depends on what 'medication' is in the feed.
If it's amprolium for coccidosis prevention, they are fine to eat.
It's not really a medication but a thiamine blocker to deter the growth of the protozoa coccidia. 
Cool! Thanks!
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