How long on Medicated feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by IzatKaren, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. IzatKaren

    IzatKaren Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2013
    So I have two batches of chicks - one is 2 1/2 weeks old and one is coming up on 1 week of age. How long do you keep babies on medicated AND electro water?
  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    You can keep them on medicated feed right up till point of lay. I would do at least a month. And another recommendation is keep them on it until they have been either int he coop or out on the dirt they will be living on. As far as the elctro water, I never used that more than the first day or so when shipped.
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    mine stayed on medicated feed until they started to lay. their water was just plain water after the first week or so. i was fortunate. i didn't have any sick or 'fail to thrive' babies - they all did well.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The most critical time for the medicated feed is probably the last week in the brooder and the first month they are "on the ground". It is pretty unlikely that the chicks get exposed to cocci while in a clean brooder in one's garage or laundry room.

    Yes, the medicated can be fed right up to start of laying eggs. As for the extras in the water, it really isn't necessary after the first day or two. Frankly, I've never used any supplement in the water, except for a little slurp of Apple Cider Vinegar, if I feel the waterer is getting slimey too quickly. Anyhow, that's just what I do. Everyone finds their own way on these things.

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