8 weeks old chicks, medicated vs unmedicated feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sparrker, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. sparrker

    sparrker Songster

    Aug 12, 2011
    Baldwinsville, NY
    My chicks will be 8 weeks old on Monday and i'm wondering if it would be safe to feed them unmedicated grower mash. I have been feeding them medicated feed for the last 7 weeks ,I've read that between 4-8 weeks they have a higher chance of getting cocci. They are going thru 50 lbs a week and it is costly to buy the medicated vs feed mill grower mash. I have 35 chicks. If it's safer to feed them the medicated I will. I've lost chicks in the past from cocci and I don't want it to happen again. Thank You
    ETA: I do give them ACV in their water
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    A question? What is the protein of the local mill's grower feed? 16% 18% 20%
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    That's a tough one as you will find BYC folks on both sides of the fence on that issue. Some want the disease protection, others want to go the more natural organic route. Personally, I used medicated for the 1st 6-8 weeks and then switched to un-medicated. I just figured it would be more worth to me to go that way in case they would have gotten sick without it and wiped out my whole batch. I respect those who go the other way.
  4. sparrker

    sparrker Songster

    Aug 12, 2011
    Baldwinsville, NY
    The grower feed is 20% protein
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Songster

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    I keep mine on medicated crumbles until they are about 8 weeks. Then they get flock raiser pellets with the rest of the chickens.

  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Chicks should be on medicated starter for 8 weeks, but that is 8 weeks after they have contact with soil.


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