Medicated and regular chick feed....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by X2Farm, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    So I am about out of medicated chick feed. I have a 50lb bag of regular chick feed that I would like to use, since its already here. My 2wk old chicks have been on medicated since I got them as day olds. Maybe keep them on medicated for another two weeks then switch over? What would yall recommend?
     
  2. mattdog1995

    mattdog1995 Out Of The Brooder

    34
    0
    32
    Jul 1, 2010
    Elizabeth City, NC
    I personally dont medicate if I dont see a need.
     
  3. NC29mom

    NC29mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    525
    3
    121
    Jun 15, 2010
    Scotland Neck, NC
    I had a chick die from cocci, so I now ONLY use medicated. Another reason is that I have a bunch of other chickens, and I can't guarantee I won't accidently track something into their coop. But, we all do things differently.
     
  4. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    811
    3
    121
    Jun 16, 2010
    Kansas
    I keep mine on medicated feed for as long as possible. I think you would be fine with switching them over at about 5 weeks or so if you reeaaallly wanted to. Medicated food is way better for them.
     
  5. michpetea

    michpetea Chillin' With My Peeps

    126
    1
    101
    Jun 28, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I have three types myself. First bag til 6 wks (medicated) then grower combo til 20 wks, then put them on layer feed at 20 wks. There are 4 types that I have seen. The grower combo is one choice, or you can do another two types from 4 - 8 wks and 8 - 20 wks. Shur-gain has it on their website.
     
  6. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    Ok seems the general concesus is keep em on it for a few more weeks.. sounds good to me! [​IMG]

    I've got another batch of chicks/keets thats about a week behind these anyways, and they're on the same medicated. Guess I'll just go pick up another 50lb bag of medicated tomorrow. That should last me, ohhhhhhhhhhhh, about a week, at the rate the bebies are eating [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks Yall [​IMG]
     
  7. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    546
    4
    111
    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    I agree with keeping them on the medicated chix feed, but why dont you just mix the two together so you can rid the other bag? Like the other post, I like to keep mine on the medicated for the first 5-6 weeks, its builds up their immunity and prevents them from most viruses and illness til they start laying.
     
  8. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    Quote:Duh! Thats a simple solution I hadn't even thought of.... I'm feelin stupid [​IMG] [​IMG] Thanks! That'll get it used up before it has a chance to go bad or anythin!!
     
  9. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    546
    4
    111
    Jul 12, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    Quote:Duh! Thats a simple solution I hadn't even thought of.... I'm feelin stupid [​IMG] [​IMG] Thanks! That'll get it used up before it has a chance to go bad or anythin!!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by