Help- Ducks & Chicks & Medicated feed??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SportTees, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    I have chicks in my brooder that are eating co-op brand medicated starter-grower. I picked up some baby ducks tonight from TSC on impulse and have no were to put them but in with the chicks. Will the medicated feed hurt them tonight?? Normally I feed them non-medicated but this is my only option tonight.

    The medicated ingredient is Bacitracin methylene disalicylate 50g/ton
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009

  2. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I feed medicated chick starter to my ducks and geese.
  3. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    Do you no if its the same medication in it? I heard some med's will kill ducks
  4. streemers

    streemers Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    port orchard,WA
    med-starter isnt a good idea. i would give them adult feed before i did medicated:p
  5. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

    Aug 16, 2008
    Medicated chick feed can kill your ducklings. Unfortunately, I learned this from experience. I would remove the feed and get some non-medicated if you can.
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    medicated feeds can stop the absorbtion of certain viatmins/nutrients in ducklings, esp B vitamins and can cause ciesures/death. The problem is they eat way more than chicks and they overdose on the medication. Some people have been lucky and have given ducks medicated feed, thoough if you talk to most duck owners, it is a BIG no no. It's risky, and why risk the lives of your new baby duckies. Ive had a duckling die this way and it's incredibly tramatic. It's a violent and seemily painful death for the poor little thing. I'd get them their own unmedicated feed asap.
  7. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Songster

    Nov 20, 2008
    NW Illinois
    I had chick starter for my chicks a few years ago and that was okay then (it was medicated), but when we ordered our hatcherychoice ducks (pekins) we were told not to give them medicated so we bought the unmedicated and we brooded the ducklings in a kiddie pool so that way we never gave the ducklings the wrong starter feed. Since then whenever we have gotten baby chicks and ducks they got the unmedicated starter feed and the chicks have done real good without the medication.

  8. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Medicated feeds WILL kill the ducklings....
  9. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    I went out there first thing today and got the feed away from them and replaced it with corn. Tommarrow I will go to TSC and get the non medicated feed for them. I normally don't feed anything medicated feed but my DH got the wrong feed for my chicks so that was all I had.

    Edit- What they got last night shouldn't hurt them should it because they are acting fine??
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  10. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    Yes, do NOT feed medicated feed to ducklings.

    You're better off feeding them adult food for a day if you have to but you can also feed them eggs. Surely you have some of those around? I can't remember for sure but I think oatmeal and maybe even a little cooked rice if I remember right.

    God Bless,

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