Chick starter food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by busymadre, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. busymadre

    busymadre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buying my first bag of chick feed.
    When I called for pricing at "Southern States Farm" store here in NC, they said they have medicated or non-medicated feed. Don't see the 2 different items at tractor supply site. The Southern States Farm store is cheaper but don't know what kind to get. They will already have had shots so what do i get?
     
  2. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used non-medicated for my chicks and never had any problems.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Which "shots" are you referring to? Was it for Marek's disease, Newcastle disease, Infectious bronchitis, Fowl pox, or Fowl cholera?



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  4. busymadre

    busymadre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ummm - gotta ask my friend who is getting them (she's a long time chicken owner)
     
  5. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had always used non-medicated, figuring I didn't want to give my birds any medication they didn't need, until I lost a 5 week old chick to coccidia, without seeing any of the typical symptoms, it took a necropsy to find out what it was. Since then I use medicated until they are old enough to be on layer. Not sure what vaccines your birds have been given, but if they have been vaccinated for coccidia I would think giving them medicated feed would be redundant.

    Just as an aside, I do hate giving them medicated chick starter for that long, but am hesitant not to after losing a bird. Recently I decided to try fermented feed in the hopes that it will serve the same purpose in preventing cocci in a much healthier and feed efficient manner. Haven't given it to them yet, first batch is still "cooking".

    Unless you are in a high risk area, like the south, you are probably fine going with non-medicated, since they will probably be inside in a brooder for a while. If you feel your birds are at risk for coccidia once they go outside, you may want to consider medicated at that time.
     
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  6. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Moist climates are ideal for Coccidia. Much depends on where your brooder is. If your chicks are on 1/2" wire and the droppings pass through it into a droppings pan, it will be a less risky environment. Since chicks generally go outside at 5 weeks old, It would be best to get them primed for facing the outdoors a couple weeks before. I'm going to feed an organic starter I'm fond of, and use Corid 9.6% in the water at 3 weeks old. I'm still debating with myself on how long to use it this time.
     

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