Medicated Chick Feed - bad for wild Birds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KimKimWilliamso, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are rurally located as such that we get ALOT of interesting bird traffic. Grouse, Ringnecked Pheasants, Partridge, Starlings, Sparrows, Robins, etc. Now, when I bought the medicated chick feed, there was only one MASSIVE bag of starter feed available. I have but FOUR chicks, and they are nearing the 6 weeks age when I switch to grower feed. I have SO MUCH of this feed left over.....like an entire tupperware tub full of it. Would it be safe to dump it in the feilds/yards for the wild birds to eat and nature to take its course? Or is it unsafe for them due to the Amprolium in the feed??

    If you have done this with no ill effect on your surrounding wildlife, Id lov to hear about it.

    otherwise, if there is anyone in my area (Nanton, AB, Canada) who needs a TON of medicated chick feed, come on over! LOL
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Things you could do to use up the medicated chick starter. Some you mentioned.

    1. Keep feeding it to the chicks for a few more weeks.
    2. Mix it with the grower in lessening amounts as the chicks grow.
    3. Get more chicks.
    4. Find someone who needs it.
    5. Feed it to the wild life, you mentioned the birds but I'm sure there are other four footed creatures that will eat it.
    6. Compost it.
    7. Seal it in an air tight container and freeze it for next time.

    I'm sure others can and to the list.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I usually feed it until gone, but I have also used in it in homemade suet blocks for the wild birds.

    Imp
     
  4. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Am I able to feed it until its gone? I thought I HAD to switch them to a grower feed now. Id love to use it all up.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've never used grower, starter till it runs out, sometime about 20+ weeks old (or about the time they start laying), then it's on to the layer feed.

    Imp
     
  6. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I started the present flock I too didn't use grower, just chick feed till they reached point of lay.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    We feed starter until laying age. Grower is not available in this area at all. Use it until it's gone.
     

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