Antibiotics for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by alishka02, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. alishka02

    alishka02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm wondering if I need to give my chicks antibiotics. I've noticed their poop is very runny. It was originally hard and we talked to someone at Tractor Supply and they said to feed them chick grit if it was hard, but they would need antibiotics if it was loose. But since we've been doing the grit...it's very loose now. I've stopped giving them the grit. Should they be on some type of antibiotic? I've been putting apple cider vinegar in their water (small amount) and sprinkling a little garlic powder over their food. What else could I do?
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Are your chicks on medicated feed to treat coccidia? That might be what they meant, however medicated feed does not have an antibiotic, instead it us amprolium which inhibits coccidia.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Are they acting fine? If so, don't worry. chicks sometimes have loose stools, especially if their heat is too high. They will drink more water to try to cool themselves off. Also, they frequently pass what's called a cecal poop, which is extra runny and stinky.
     
  4. alishka02

    alishka02 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, we don't have them on the medicated feed. And yes, they are acting fine. Thanks!
     
  5. pbridges

    pbridges New Egg

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    I just got my 3 chicks in from L&D Farms supplies, trying to find out if they had been given any vaccinations as the kids in the store don't really know.

    I got a mixed bag 1x Australorp(2weeks), 1x Production red(1week), 1x New Hampshire Red(2weeks).

    I have them on medicated starter food. Is there something I should add to there water ??

    As they get bigger, I might need a bigger box also. Heat-lamp, I'm using a 40watt reflective lamp that spay painted high-temp red with three coats and dried so it does not give off any vapors, anyone done that ?, as for me the 250 seemed way over kill. And I'm monitoring the temp under the lamp.

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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    They definitely need a bigger box. At this age, the temp under the center of the light, at the level of their backs should be no more than 80 - 85*. The box needs to be big enough for them to run around, and get away from the heat to at least 70* or below. Also, it looks like your brooder lamp is just held by the clamp? For safety, there should be at least 2 points of securing that lamp to decrease fire hazard. I doubt very much if they've had any vaccines. For the back yard flock, IMO, it's really not necessary. One thing you can do to help them build their immunity is to give them a plug of sod. (as long as it hasn't been treated with insecticide/herbicides.) They'll love you for it!
     
  7. pbridges

    pbridges New Egg

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    Thanks lazy gardener,

    Im working on getting larger box, temp is at 80f, I put one of my photographic light stand by the heatlamp and hooked a small chain to it. Your right about the sod, they were all over it.
    thanks for the help.
     

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