Chick Starter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CluckyCharms, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    What do you feed your baby chicks during their time in the brooder (from hatching to around 8 weeks)? Brand names and types would be appreciated. [​IMG] Thank you.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Usually, medicated Chick Starter, although DuMor is called Start N Grow, I think. Since our chicks seldom eat more than 100 lbs, I usually feed the DuMor. I have fed ADM chick feed, but it is too pricey, quite honestly. I sure wish our local feed mill ground their own chick starter, but sadly, they do not.
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  3. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!! I googled "DuMor" and found it is 24% protein and most all the others I looked at were only 18-20% It doesn't say medicated but it says it has Coccidiosis Prevention -so I am assuming I was wrong, and medicated doesn't necessarily mean "medicine". I guess it just kills off the Cocci??

    24% protein seems awfully nice!! [​IMG]

    Thank you again!
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It does not "kill" cocci. Like all medicated starter with amprolium, it merely blocks the cocci, allowing the chick's immune system to develop and not be overwhelmed. The use of the term medicated is confusing, perhaps, but it is really more prophylactic in nature.

    Pretty sure more TSC's also sell a starter by DuMor that is also around 20% protein. They also sell Purina as well.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Every bag of feed has a label sewn into the seam. That label discloses the protein content as well as what medications (if any) were added. Amprolium is most commonly used and it's a coccidistat (blocks nutrients needed by the cocci). A second, blue label is used if the feed contains BMD (an antibiotic).

    So, my advice is to not just look for the words "medicated chick starter" -- check the label in the seam and know exactly what you're getting.
  6. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Tucker Chick Starter 18% medicated.

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