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How long to leave chicks on medicated feed?

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I would like opinions/ experiences on medicated (Amprolium only) chick starter vs plain chick starter.  I've googled & read lots of posts, but am still undecided.  Brief background:  I raised 10 chicks last spring on medicated to POL, lost 0, they did great & currently free-range w/ yogurt, BOSS,sprouts, etc for treats & layer pellets.  I've read posts about building natural immunity by allowing exposure to the bad stuff they will encounter in their environment & since this birds will free-range, that makes sense too. (I had even bookmarked an excellent post that I of course I can't find.)   I'm sure there is lots of 'stuff' in the soil now since there have been 22 chickens + wild birds on it for almost a year.  This new batch is 35 days old give or take; I have been  feeding medicated starter, weekly yogurt, & just added a dish of dirt to the brooder, but was wondering when/ if to switch to plain starter.  Just to clarify, I'm asking medicated chick starter vs non-med. chick starter, not switching to some other feed.  Thanks in advance for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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I keep them on the medicated for at least 5-6 weeks.  I too suffer no losses during brooding and grow out.  Practicing good flock keeping is vital and the medicated starter takes that issue off the table.  At 6 weeks, they now should be able to develop their own immunity.  It's worked for me.  Either starter/grower or grower, but no layer until POL.

 

 

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Fred's Hens   Thanks for the reply--I'll plan to stay w/ medicated for at least another couple weeks.  I think I'm pretty careful w/ flock management--water is changed twice daily, food is dumped if pooped in & new shavings added regularly.  They're in a 6'x 7' brooder w/ hover so they've got another 8 sf on top for 25 chicks. There has yet to be an odor or any wet spots (the waterers are in another lid to contain spills.) I appreciate your time.

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I never feed medicated myself, but at 6 weeks if I DID I'd think that would be when I'd take them off.

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post #5 of 11

pop

I bought a large bag of it. I have 8 chicks that are bout 25 days old. Is it okay to just finish the bag?

What else should I be giving them? 

Whats the yogurt  you give them? Plain?  with fruit and granola gig

Thanks

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My new chicks are only about a week old and I have them on medicated chick starter. I was wondering that question too. Now I have an answer. I never heard about giving chicks yogurt?? Can you give more information about giving them yogurt?

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I keep mine on medicated chick starter for 8 weeks, more if I don't put them outside by then.  It does relatively little good to stop it before they are exposed to real dirt.  If the chicks are off medicated feed for a while and then go out to the real world, there has been no exposure, hence no immunity built.

I learned that the hard way and lost 10 youngsters within a week, about two weeks after they were out in the yard.  I didn't have housing ready for them right away so I kept them in the brooder for 11 weeks, but started non- medicated feed at 8 weeks.  Heartbreaking lesson.


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gryeyes  Thanks for the reply & warning, so sorry for your loss.  That's a lousy way to learn but thanks for sharing  & saving others the grief.  I added a small shovel of dirt  from near the coop to the brooder, planning to add more gradually.  Will that help?  Or should I keep them on medicated feed until they've been outside which may be a few more weeks depending on weather?  'idunno'

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My new chicks are only about a week old and I have them on medicated chick starter. I was wondering that question too. Now I have an answer. I never heard about giving chicks yogurt?? Can you give more information about giving them yogurt?


Google "yogurt" or "probiotics" on this site.  You need plain, w/ active live culture (I use Stonyfield Farms or Dannon or use these as starter & make my own--also very easy to do.)  As w/ people--it's great for the good bacteria in the digestive system and they love it.  Word of warning--get out of their way when you feed it or you'll be covered w/ splatters.  I've been giving it twice a week to my chicks since they were about a week old--they were scared of it at first, but by the second 'treat' they'd figured it out & love it.  'thumbsup'

PS. I just read your post about your chick losses.  So sorry & best of luck w/ the new ones you're getting tomorrow!

post #10 of 11

Always for one month after you start letting them touch dirt.

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