Medicated Chick Starter---what is this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AUFan, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. AUFan

    AUFan Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having a hard time finding non medicated so I am left with medicated it looks like(my list is slowly going down! First no organic, now no non-medicated)! One feed co I am looking at has this:
    Bacitracin Methylene Disalicylate

    as their "active" ingredient...what is that?? Also does anyone know what the medicated purina stuff has in it? All the purina places around only carry the start and grow as medicated so I was curious to see what their "active" ingredient was since I can't seem to find the label online.
    Thanks!
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Purina has amprolium in it.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I use honor which if I remember right is a division of purina. They use .0125% amprolium as a coccidiostant, which means it is medicated. I only use amprolium medicated feed if I am using medicated because there is no withdrawl time as it is just a thamine blocker that prevents cocci. If my adults get into the chick starter, I don't have to worry about it.

    Here is some data on the Bacitracin Methlene disalicate:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/922.htm

    I have not used a product like that though myself.
     
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    pips&peeps :

    Purina has amprolium in it.

    I am confused, I am using Purina Start and Grow and no where on the bag does it say it's medicated. Is it?​
     
  5. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    Start and Grow has both medicated and not.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Some starters also contain Bacitracin as well as Amprolium. I prefer the ones that only contain Amprolium myself, but its sometimes hard to find those in the brands that still have animal protein, which I prefer. Purina and Southern States are medicated with only the coccidiostat Amprolium.
    Bacitracin is listed as being for "growth promotion and feed efficiency" and also for prevention of necrotic enteritis. Still, I'm not convinced that it's something that is needed.
     
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  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Purina Start and Grow states on the label that it containes no Animal Protein, is it better for them to have food with animal protein in it and where can I find it, all we have here is Prurina and Southern States, a town about 20 miles from here has a TSC
     
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  8. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    I feed them bologna. They love it. I ask them if they want their bologie worms and of course they go crazy. I get the cheap stuff for a buck a pound. During summer they should be getting bugs. Come to think of it, bugs were getting hard to find around here last summer [​IMG].
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you check the feed bag tag, it should say near the top what it is medicated with if it is medicated.

    Watch out for the sodium content and nitrates in the processed meats. Chickens don't quite process salt very well, and nitrates are cancer causing in high doses. They use nitrates though, because the risk of cancer from it is lower than your risk of botulism from packaged meats.
     
  10. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    They don't get alot- 3 slices divided between 15 standards and 2 bantams. It equals out to a heaping teaspoon or 3 bugs, give or take a bug. The cost is about 25 cents a day.
     

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