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How long do chicks need the medicated feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenkerri, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. chickenkerri

    chickenkerri Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    My BA's are 15 weeks old. Do they need the medicated feed until they start laying?

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
  2. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Coastal SC
    Quote:Mine are also 15 weeks old and I've never used medicated feed.No problems to date with any illnesses. I still have mine on starter/grower and treats until it's time to switch to layer pellets.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If you can find seperate grower and want to switch you can do so around 8 weeks, otherwise you can keep them on the feed you have until 18 to 20 weeks or you get your first egg; whichever comes first.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2009
  4. zigzag3337

    zigzag3337 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    Callahan, FL.
    I had this same question so I asked my local feed store and I was told that Purina Feed recommends to stay on medicated starter/grower until they are 18 weeks old. I also read somewhere that you should keep the medicated feed away from the older birds as they may overdose on the meds.
  5. poultryone

    poultryone Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2009
    Don't forget to give the hens sufficient time to pass the medication through their system before consuming their eggs!

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