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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicksinthemachine, Nov 14, 2008.
do most of you keep your peeps on medicated chick starter?
I did chick starter for 6 weeks; then I went to starter/grower, etc. I pretty much followed the guidelines on the bag...
I read somewhere on here that they need the medicated feed for at least 6 weeks to build up their resistance to cocci.
Hope that helps...
Mine were only on the medicated for about 3 weeks... then they were on grower and did well.
I keep mine on a combination starter/grower till they are close to laying age. Cant get just starter in my area.
Same answer as speckled. Mine were on starter/grower until 19 weeks when I got my first egg. I would have had to travel pretty far to get just medicated starter.
Well I have been keeping mine on until they are about 4 months so should I cut back and start wiening them off when they around 6-8 week?
Chicks are most at risk between 3-8weeks old. I don't think switching them during that period is a good idea. Your dropping off the medication and stressing them some through a feed change right when they are most likely to get sick. I switched my first 2 hatches after 10-12weeks and haven't used medicated feed since then.
Okay so 3 months it is then. Thanks guys!
one bag of it then i put them on the non-medicated starter until they lay.
I haven't ever put mine on starter/grower before but I will start. I always just switched them to layer crumbles slowely and added corn and eventually calcium when they were close to laying. Is it about the same price as the other crumbles? I get the 50 lb pound bags for about 10.