Medicated Chick Starter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mainemomof2, May 18, 2010.

  1. mainemomof2

    mainemomof2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    Can anyone tell me how long I should feed my chicks (EE, Comets & Barred Rocks) the medicated chick starter before I switch them to another type of feed?

    Should I be giving them anything else in their food yet (they are 2 weeks tomorrow) like DE or anything else?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using the Nutrena Med. starter for 6-8 weeks then switching to grower until about 20-22 weeks or so. Then they will be put on a layer ration. I have DE but I am going to be using it in their coop under their bedding, and in their nest boxes. I also have them on Apple Cider Vinegar ( organic unfiltered ) . About 1 tsp / quart of water. Hope this helps
     
  3. myway57

    myway57 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Purina brand feed and they recommend feeding starter until they are of age to start laying. there web site has a lot of info on feeds. hope this helps.. [​IMG]
     
  4. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hello Maine Mom, [​IMG]

    1)I've been told to keep them on medicated starter food until you put them outside.(18-20% protein)
    2)Then you can switch to grower feed OR leave them on chick starter.(medicated or non-medicated) If you don't want to feed medicated chick starter, I would add apple cider vinegar to the water.(1 T/gal)
    3)When laying age approaches, you can start on Layer feed.


    The above is what I'll be doing.

    In fact, when my chicks reach layer age, (they are 8 weeks today) I will be feeding them Flock Raiser. It has 20% protein, which I find better to feed in addition to free ranging and treats. [​IMG]

    HTH,
    Lisa
     

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