Is it medicated?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissJames, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last week a feed store told me their starter feed[chickens] was medicated,but they were out.I picked some up today .it was loaded in my car while I paid.At home I noticed it doesn't say medicated,but has percentages and ingredients on the label.How can I tell if it's medicated? The store is closed tomorrow and my first chicks are due next week.
    Thanks !
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    It should say medicated on the front or have the name of the antibiotic on the label/tag.
     
  3. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    It should have the ingredients listed on the white tag located at the bottom of the bag.
    What brand is it? Maybe someone will recognize it.
    You could also look it up online, see if the company has a website and if they do they will have all their products listed and the ingredients in each one.
     
  4. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's Orangeburg Milling Co. from South Carolina.The bag has OMC Poultry Feed on the front with a label attached that lists ingredients. It does not say medicated anywhere.That's why I'm trying to find out what to look for on the label. The website doesn't list any detailed info that I could find.
    The feed store had a sign up that they would be closed Sat [tomorrow],so it will be Monday before I can talk to them.
     
  5. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am not sure what the antibiotics should be on the label besides amporillum or amprollium( I know I am not spelling that right, I have never used it but you can get the gist of what to look for) I have never used medicated feed for my chickens before.
    You still have time to exchange the feed though if your chicks aren't due for another week.
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    The first thing on the tag will say:


    Active Ingredients
     
  7. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    The tag should be organized in this manner:

    NAME OF FEED

    PURPOSE STATEMENT

    Medication levels

    If the Medication is not conspicuously stated on the tag then the feed contains no medication.

    Jim
     
  8. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is there a reason you don't use medicated?
    So am I safe using the non medicated.I'm so new,just stumbling along ,sifting through.
    There are some meat chicks being raised on my property and they are not on medicated feed.I was just trying to be responsible.
    Pros and cons?
    I don't think that feed store carries another kind,so I would have to find another source.
     
  9. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The starter I use is non-medicated. I try not to use antibiotics unless I have to, but I do keep some tetramyacin crumbles and powder just in case I need it.
     
  10. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Its a personal choice whether people want to use medicated or not.
    I don't like to give antibiotics to something that is not sick. My feeling is if they did get sick then I could give them an antibiotic and deal with it then.
    Some people worry that giving antibiotics from day one builds up a resistance to antibiotics for when they really need them.

    I am doing my best to raise them in an all natural way, I feed organic feed etc. so for me it makes sense.

    Other people give medicated in the hopes that they will avoid sickness but thats not always a guarantee either, someone was just on here not long ago that said they had been given medicated feed since day one and the chickens still got cocci.
    A few more people chimed in that the same thing had happend to them.
    So while it may work alot of the time it does not work all of the time.
     

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