How long on medicated feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RIVERA69R, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chick are 6wks old now should I keep them on medicated feed until laying time or do I switch to something else before they go to layer feed? [​IMG]
     
  2. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can switch to layer if you want. We do. Or meat crumbles and then closer to time to laying start the layer. They will do fine on either.

    Natalie
     
  3. I would keep them on 50 percent med. start and mix with your next choice of feed. I usually use poultry grain as the other 50 percent for the weeks of 5 to 10 of age. They really enjoy the grains and it gives them great energy. Layer crumbles are more expensive than grain and the chickies will not be laying until at least 6 months possibly longer.

    At 11 weeks they are in free range here and poultry grain as free choice.

    I have a feeder full of layer crumbles and I goes a bit slower than the grains. I have seen the roosters at the layer feeder and I have not had any problems what so ever. I do keep oyster shell out for the ladies and from time to time I do see a roo in it.

    I think it is important for the chickies to have a nice chance at not getting cocci all the way up to 11 weeks of age but this is just what i do.
     
  4. Panther Creek Poultry

    Panther Creek Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering this question also and I am so glad that i found this thread. Lots of good advice.

    Thanks-

    Sheila
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Do not feed layer ration or provide extra calciumn until they are laying age. The extra calcium at a young age can hurt them, liver damage I believe. After about 6 weeks, switch to grower ration.

    Purely my opinion and no specific knowledge or experience to back it up, but I'd suggest keeping them on medicated feed for about 2 weeks after they get outside, whether you have an existing flock or not. The medicated feed helps reduce their chance of becoming sick with cocci. It allows them to build up a resistance to cocci with less chance of becoming dangerously ill with it. There are 6 or 7 different strains of cocci. When they first go outside, they may come into contact with a strain they are not immune against.

    As I said, purely my opinion. Good luck and enjoy!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Starter/grower till laying age or the first egg comes. Then layer. It's always a bad idea to feed layer feed to youngsters.
     
  7. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the chick medicated feed is different then the grower feed so now they are at 6wks old i should switch to a grower feed instead of medicated feed correct?
     
  8. Lairvine

    Lairvine Out Of The Brooder

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    What kind of chick starter are you feeding? If it is a starter grower feed then that would be fine until you get your first eggs, then switch to layer feed.
     
  9. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ill have to read the bag a little better I know its medicated though
     
  10. new-roo

    new-roo Scrambled

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    Quote:Did you read the bag? If it is Purina it will say keep them on starter/grower till they are ready to lay(18 week). If it is Tractor Supply (dumor) it is on thier bag too.
     

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