Federal law no more Medicated starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by greghost, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. greghost

    greghost Just Hatched

    Mar 14, 2017
    Southern NJ
    I Talked to my feed supplier and was told that they passed a federal law,that no more medicated chick starter .Anyone else hear of this?
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    The problem with federal law is the writing is too winded for anyone to bother reading it.

    Medicated starter is not on the ban list to my knowledge but that does not stop your local supplier from assuming it is and discontinuing stock. There are many products that various stores are discontinuing from sheer assumption and fear of being stuck with unsalable stock so don't order more.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Medicated starter should NOT be on the ban list. It has a thiamine blocker, not an antibiotic. Doesn't matter to me as I do not use medicated starter anyway, not since I discovered that it is of very limited use in stopping coccidiosis anyway, especially in warm, humid climates. The Feds are, again, overreaching. I'm pretty darn sick of all the controls and restrictions lately.

    It could be that some folks are mistaken about that the "medicated" part means. It is only medicated against a protozoan that causes coccidiosis, starves it out by blocking the B vitamin that it feeds on.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2017
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  4. greghost

    greghost Just Hatched

    Mar 14, 2017
    Southern NJ
    Point well taken thanks
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC, where everything chicken is discussed to death, LOL! This is the place to find out stuff, that's for sure.
  6. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    My local supplier still has it. It isn't banned but the price has gone up a little.
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    My local Tractor Supply doesn't carry medicated chick starter now either. :he Surely the feed representatives could educate them.
  8. TXChixRock

    TXChixRock Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2016
    Same issue here in Central Texas with Tractor Supply. I got tired of trying to explain it to the store manager. And yet, you can buy it from them on-line! Where's the logic in that?
  9. kat7399

    kat7399 Out Of The Brooder

    I was just in TSC today in TX and they have the medicated feed but only one brand, Purina.
  10. kat7399

    kat7399 Out Of The Brooder

    So since I'm new I will apologise in advance if this was already discussed to death...[​IMG] How do y'all feel about medicated vs organic starter? And please mention why as I'd like to learn about that.

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