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

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    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

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    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!

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    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.
     
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  4. zigzag3337

    zigzag3337 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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

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