Mdicated feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by oldchickenman, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. oldchickenman

    oldchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats the deal with medicated started feed we have raised 3 batches of chicks with no problums. just wondering what the medicated feed does for the chciks? were new to this jsut been doing this for 2 years now and i got wondering.
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was told it helps protect them from cocci's.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Medicated feed helps prevent chicks from getting overwhelmed by coccidiosis and at the same time allows them to build an immunity to it.
     
  4. svaha storm

    svaha storm Out Of The Brooder

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    So you think is a good thing,I am curios myself ,have been away from birds awhile myself and am sure is lots of new stuff to learn such as medicated starter or not.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I think it's a very good thing. Coccidiosis can overwhelm a young chick's system and kill it very quickly.
    Coccidiosis can lay dormant in the ground for years and re-emerge when animals (hosts) are introduced to that ground.
    IMO, medicated feed is an easy insurance policy.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I personally use the medicated starter/grower. The medicated is sulfa based. It inhibits the growth of cocci so the cocci can't reproduce. Amprolium, is the medication in feed . Only a problem if you have allergies to sulfa or are super sensitive to sulfa drugs.
     

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