Medicated Feed Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jenkassai, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. jenkassai

    jenkassai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading the bag of medicated feed, and it says "As an aid in prevention of Coccidiosis where immunity to Coccidiosis is not desired." Don't we want the chicks to be immune to coccidiosis? Does feeding them medicated food prevent them from developing an immunity to it?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    What is it medicated with? It should say on the tag at the bottom of the bag.
     
  3. jenkassai

    jenkassai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is medicated with Amprolium
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Well I've never heard its use phrased quite that way before. Amprolium is a very common medication for chick starter.

    The idea of medicated starter is that it will keep the amount of cocci in the chicks gut in check, but not totally eradicate it. This gives the chicks own immune system time to mature and develop immunity. A body has to be exposed to something for the immune system to kick in.

    When I brooder raised chicks, I fed them medicated feed with amprolium AND got them outside as soon as possible to be exposed. The amprolium being a sort of insurance against the coccidia overwhelming the chicks system and causing death.

    Now that my broodies raise the chicks I no longer feed medicated. The chicks are slowly exposed to coccidia by walking in the adults birds droppings and being outside, so it's a gradual exposure. Does basically the same thing as feeding medicated chick starter.
     
  5. philbock

    philbock New Egg

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    Did you ever get an answer to this question? I read the same thing on the bag of medicated chick starter.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Did you read the posts above yours?
     
  7. philbock

    philbock New Egg

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    Yes, I read the 4 posts above mine. The first one is the question and the next 3 don't answer the question.
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Reread the second paragraph of post #4. If that is not the answer, you should reask the question you want answered.
     
  9. philbock

    philbock New Egg

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    I was reading the bag of medicated feed, and it says "As an aid in prevention of Coccidiosis where immunity to Coccidiosis is not desired." Don't we want the chicks to be immune to coccidiosis? Does feeding them medicated food prevent them from developing an immunity to it?
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Medicated feed does NOT prevent coccidia. It hepls the chick develope an immunity to coccidia.

    I can certainly understand how that statement confused you!

    I don't use medicated feed for my chicks. I put clumps of grass with roots and soil in the brooder for natural immunity. If coccidia happens to occur then I get out the Corid. If a chick gets coccidia a second time, it gets culled.
     

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