Chick starter and older hens


11 Years
Aug 26, 2008
Anniston, AL
I replaced the pine shavings in my brooder box which has 11 chicks (12 days old). Their feed is in a regular circular chick feeder, but they are incredibly messy with their feed. There has to be 5 lbs. of feed in the shavings that I removed. I usually dump the old shavings out toward the edge of the yard, but if I do that the adult chickens who free range every day will find and eat the chick starter in those shavings. Is this a bad thing? It is medicated feed and I'm not sure I want my laying hens eating that.
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Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
I personally wouldn't want to give medicated feed to my layers, but I don't know what the official recommendation is.

I feed organic nonmedicated chick starter and so my layers clean up my brooder messes now, but back in the days when I fed medicated starter, I threw it in the compost bin.

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