Medicated feed to un-mediated and back?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ckelley, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I had my chicks on medicated feed for the first 7 weeks. I sent my husband to pick up more feed and he got the Un-medicated- which I didn't notice right away. Can I switch back or will it cause issues with my birds? They are 11 weeks now (big bag).
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The 'medication' in medicated starter is amprolium. It's a thiamine blocker that helps prevent the coccidia protozoa from overwhelming a young bird's immune system, and gives them a chance to develop resistance naturally. If your chicks have been exposed to soil for a few weeks now, you probably don't have to worry about them contracting coccidia at this point. They have likely built up a resistance to the organisms in the soil by now. Switching to unmedicated feed will be just fine.
    I only offer it to my chicks during the first 2 weeks they are outside.
     
  3. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent, Thanks!

    I will save the bag I just bought for my chicks in the spring and keep feeding my girls the unmedicated.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Are you saying you bought a bag this spring, and plan to use it later? Chicken feed has a limited shelf life, after which it becomes stale and the nutrients are no longer there. A well known poultry nutrition expert states that feed is on it's way to becoming stale 42 days after milling.
     
  5. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know that.

    I just bought a bag of medicated and I will be getting Chicks in June. It's not opened, so I'll just return it. I just wanted to save myself the hassle.
     

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