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Has anyone ever raised their chickens without antibiotics or any other preventative medicines with success?

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I have never used medicated feed or anything as a preventative with my chicks and I have only ever lost 1 baby.  I have lost a few adults to ???? various problems but never any chicks.  smile

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Ive hatched only 2 clutches of chicks and both times i used a broody hen(Buff Orp) and I never gave any of the chciks meds and they turned out fine. There parents were never on meds either

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I do use medicated feed since I do have trouble with coccidia on my place.  I have only treated one ill bird with anitbiotics and that was 4 years ago on a bird I bought from someone else.  I have had a few die from various things such as busted egg inside, stroke, heat, and a few from broken necks.  I have had dog attacks I had to treat with meds to stop infections but other than that I don't believe in using meds, I believe in breeding for resistance.  In the lasyt 6 years I have raised over 300 birds.

It can be done but you have to be very selective.  Personally if I have a birds get sick with say a respiratory infection I put the bird down as that is a sign of a weak bird and doesn't have a good immune system.  Just the way I do things.

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Originally Posted by Bokbok 

Has anyone ever raised their chickens without antibiotics or any other preventative medicines with success?


Vaccines are prohibited for certified organic birds; however, parent
birds can be vaccinated, treated with antibiotics, etc. Certified
organic chicks must be raised organically from hatching. So if you
have day-old chicks shipped to you from a conventional hatchery, and
you follow all the various requirements, you can have them certified.

FYI--Purina has a Start and Grow that does not have medication in it

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