chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Desarae, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. Desarae

    Desarae New Egg

    Feb 25, 2015
    What's the best chicken starter? We are completely new to chickens and are leery about the medicated chick starter. Do we want non-medicated? I feel like we would be putting unnecessary medication to new chicks if we gave them the medicated chick starter. What are the pros and cons to both? We are getting our chicks next week, so we are getting everything together this week. We are wanting our chickens for laying. Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks so much!
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    It's really up to you about medicated feed. My store didn't have it so I medicated there water instead.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    An excellent non medicated option is multi-flock starter grower which is 22% protein. The amprolium in medicated feed is a thiamine blocker, some say it's an artificial thiamine. I choose not to use medicated feed, instead, I give my chicks a clump of sod within the first 2 weeks. This gives them gradual exposure to the cocci in my soils, allowing them to build a natural immunity. I've never used medicated feed, never had coccidiosis issues with my birds.


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    IUPAC name
    5-[(2-methylpyridin-1-ium-1-yl)methyl]-2-propyl-pyrimidin-4-amine chloride
    Other names
    1-[(4-Amino-2-propyl-5-pyrimidinyl)methyl]-2-picolinium chloride
    ATCvet code QP51AX09
    CAS number 137-88-2 [​IMG]
    ChEMBL ChEMBL97350 [​IMG]
    ChemSpider 66070 [​IMG]
    EC number 204-458-4
    Jmol-3D images Image
    MeSH Amprolium
    PubChem 2178
    Molecular formula
    C14H19N4+ · Cl−
    Molar mass 278.780 g·mol−1
    Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
    Amprolium (INN, trade names Amprovine, Amprolium, Amprol, Anticoccid) is a coccidiostat used in poultry.

    The drug is a thiamine analogue and blocks the thiamine transporter of Eimeria species. By blocking thiamine uptake it prevents carbohydrate synthesis.
    Despite only moderate efficacy it is well favoured due to few resistance issues and is commonly used in conjunction withsulfonamides prophylactically in chickens and cattle as a coccidiostat.

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