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Amprolium medicated feed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Masonz75, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Masonz75

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    is amprolium safe for ducks. I know that medicated feed isn't supposed to be used but I read that if It is amprolium then it is ok.
     

  2. Amykins

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    Don't do it. I really don't know what an overdose of an anti-parasitic will do, but since ducks eat like little piggies, you are never supposed to give them medicated feed!
     
  3. needlessjunk

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    Amprolium is what makes medicated feed medicated. It just isn't a good idea because ducks don't need it and it can be harmful.
     
  4. casportpony

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    Feed medicated with amprolium is safe for waterfowl.

    Purina actually make a *medicated* flock raiser:
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    Purina says this:
    The issue here is not so much one of safety as it is one of regulations. Amprolium, the medication present in our medicated chick starter, has never been approved by the FDA for use in waterfowl. Therefore, we cannot legally recommend its use for these birds. However, veterinarians have been using it very successfully off-label for years as a coccidiostat for all kinds of birds, including waterfowl.

    The fear of medication for waterfowl dates back to the early days of medicated feed, when sulfa drugs were used. Waterfowl typically eat more than chickens do, so when they ate feed medicated at a concentration that was ideal for chickens, they tended to over-imbibe the medication, which was often fatal. Amprolium is not a sulfa drug and does not have that effect.

    Start & Grow is formulated to meet the growth needs of baby chicks until they reach 18 weeks of age. We recommend Start & Grow for chicks and Flock Raiser for waterfowl or mixed flocks. If you feel your waterfowl need medication, consult with your vet to determine what would be best for them.
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    A study:
    Treatment. Various sulphonamide drugs and coccidiostats have been used in the treatment of renal and intestinal coccidiosis of geese. If the geese are to be fed rations which were formulated for other types of poultry, it should be noted that in spite of popular belief to the contrary, waterfowl can be fed rations containing most of the coccidiostats used for chickens. The Veterinary University of Hanover, Germany have specifically reported that the following coccidiostats found in chicken rations are tolerated by waterfowl: amprolium, amprolium-ethopabate, clopidol, clopidol-methylbenzoquate, DOT (zoalene), lasalocid monensin-sodium, narasin, nicarbazin, robenidin, salinomycin and sulfaquinoxaline. They also reported that neither halofuginone nor arprinocid are tolerated by waterfowl and that they could find no information on the effect of giving waterfowl feed containing either decoquinate or maduramicin ammonium.
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    This is what's in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. It says basically the same thing as above.
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    Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=s...guide to raising ducks medicated feed&f=false


    Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Ducks and geese can get coccidiosis.

    -Kathy
     
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  9. rancher hicks

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    I'm sorry but what is the point in having chickens if you're going to feed them medicated feed? You might as well save your time and money and buy commercial!

    I raised five blue swedish ducks from ducklings and NEVER gave them medicated feed. Not one of them got sick or had problems.

    The first place to look when having problems be it mites, worms or other problems is in you poultry keeping practice. No amount of medicine will make up for poor husbandry.
     
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