Chick starter and older hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sben451, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. sben451

    sben451 Songster

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    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. [​IMG]
     
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  2. bigkenny77

    bigkenny77 In the Brooder

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    the medicine will get in there eggs that's what i was told but will that hurt anything . i dont want any cihcken meds.[​IMG]




    Kenny
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    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.
     
  4. sben451

    sben451 Songster

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    I'm thinking the compost bin would be a good place for the shavings, too. [​IMG]
     

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