Are all poultry feeds medicated??

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  1. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    My father was told by orschlens and our local coop that they add something/medication (don't ask me what!) to all their poultry feeds except the wild gamebird feed. I'm not sure what it is or what it treats (again, second hand info (ranting) from my father!) But he said the guy at the coop said something to the effect of "well you want it because if your chickens ever got it, it's bad!". I know this is super grey, but does anyone know if there is a medically purposed additive in most feed? Not including medicated chick feed that openly says it on the bag.

    EDIT2:
    Orschlens got back to me and sent me the Country Lane 16% Layer Crumble Spec sheet. Here is the Ingredient list:

    Processed Grain By-Products, Grain Products, Plant Protein Products,
    Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement,
    Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-
    Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Menadione
    Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Thiamine
    Mononitrate, Biotin, L-Lysine, DL- Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Salt,
    Manganous Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Chloride,
    Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide,
    Sodium Selenite, Dried Trichoderma reesei Fermentation Product, Dried
    Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Amyloliquefaciens
    Fermentation Product.


    All the long chemical names were googled and are all vitamin, mineral and amino acid supplements. There are NO binders, medications, mytotoxin inhibitors or any of the like. AWESOME!
     
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  2. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Maiah and daughter dob aug 2, 2017 Premium Member

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    NO!!! you can and I do purchase NON-medicated. Now it does have additives aka supplements and other good stuff BUT nothing that I (as least) consider medication.
     
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    twisted-acres-farm Maiah and daughter dob aug 2, 2017 Premium Member

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  4. Starter comes in medicated and some grower feeds..Its to prevent coccidiosis which can be fatal in Chicks and young Birds or Birds with compromised immune systems..
     
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  5. Better Than Rubies

    Better Than Rubies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, I don't think all feeds are medicated. It tells you on the bag if they are or not. You can buy medicated-layer feed, but mostly its a big thing for the chick feed (though you can buy non-medicated for them; and if you vaccinate them for a certain thing, you shouldn't use the medicated, is what I heard...one more experienced will be able to tell you more about that, probably).
     
  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Flock Master Premium Member

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    None of my feed is medicated.
     
  7. I start all Chicks on Medicated till 8 weeks...Its only AIDS in preventing Coccidiosis ..Vaccinations for coccidiosis only work if management is strictly followed...
     
  8. K3nzi3

    K3nzi3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't feed any medicated feeds. If you are looking for a good, organic non-medicated feed, try Scratch and Peck feeds. My birds love it! www.scratchandpeck.com
    And the better foods you feed, the better results you get from your birds!
     
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  9. venymae

    venymae Prairie Wind

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    K3nzi3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I understand now. If a chicken feed contains any medication, (or non-nutritional additives) it will be stated on the bag or in the ingredients list.
     
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