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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by camaro10, Jun 1, 2010.
When do I stop giving the medicated starter feed to my chicks? They are 5 weeks old tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.