Medicated Feed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kuntrygirl, May 17, 2010.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I thought I read somewhere that ducks can die if they eat medicated feed. I went to the feed store this weekend looking for non-medicated starter grower for my ducks and the man at the feed store said that ducks can eat medicated feed. I explained to him that I read that they couldn't. He told me that it wasn't true. Am I dreaming that I read this? Can baby ducklings eat medicated starter/grower feed or not?
     
  2. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Most of the chick starters on the market today that are medicated contain a medication that is supposed to be okay for ducklings. Some people feel that it is beneficial in order to reduce the number of cocidiosis infections in waterfowl while they are still forming a tollerence to it. Others still feel that it is not safe. You will need to do some reasearch to decide what is right for you. Here is a list of medications that can be in feed that are suposed to be safe according to Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks:

    Amprolium
    Chlortetracycline
    Neomycin
    Oxytetracycline
    Sulfaquinoxaline
    Zinc bacitracin

    You will need to add extra Niacin to any type of chick starter that you use because ducklings require more of it than chicks. I prefer using Brewer's Yeast, others add Niacin to the water. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  3. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    i feed all my chicks duckies chick starter with amprolium. eveyone is fine. ducks are 3 months old and still eating eat. thats all i have gave them nothing else but the bugs and grass they eat in the creek
     

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