chicken starter medicated- how long?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by camaro10, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. camaro10

    camaro10 In the Brooder

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    When do I stop giving the medicated starter feed to my chicks? They are 5 weeks old tomorrow.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Hi, [​IMG]

    I usually feed starter until 16-18 weeks, then switch to layer feed. It depends upon how fast that particular group is maturing as to when I switch.

    Some folks feed other feeds between starter and layer, but I never have simply because flock raiser and other interim feeds are rarely available where I am.
     
  3. Sphinx

    Sphinx Songster

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    The package of my medicated starter says to feed it to the chicks exclusively for the first 8 weeks.

    However, I found a great deal on a 50 lb bag, so I am thinking I'll feed it to my chicks til they're 16 weeks or so, or until the starter feed runs out.

    Then I'll switch to a layer feed. I figure I'll run out of feed when they're about that age, and can transition to the other kind.
     
  4. bturbo87

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    depending on how many chicks you have and how addicted you get youd be surprised how fast that 50 lb bag goes. we went from 2 to 8 to 19 to 40, and of course the 5 lb bag, then the 25 lb bag, and now the 50 lb bag, all in the space of about a month and a half.
     
  5. felidaet

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    Look at the bag of feed. It depends upon who made the feed. I use Purina Start and Grow. I will feed them this until they are about 18 weeks old. Then I will switch to Purina Layena pellets.
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing 10 Years

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    My feed mill feed says to feed until 8 weeks. Mine will probably run out at about 10 weeks. I will then get 20% pullet grower (unmedicated). Keep in mind that in many places Purina Start N Grow comes in both medicated & non medicated. You have to ask for which one you want.
     
  7. I feed 20% starter until around 18-20 weeks. Silkies stay on it longer. I always use the non-medicated feed and havent had any problems with coccida.
     
  8. bigoakhunter

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    If it's medicated , then feed to about 8 weeks. Then switch to a Non-medicated grower till 16 weeks to 18 weeks when they get ready to lay, then go to a good layer feed. Some companies have a starter/grower that you can feed longer.
     

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