Medicated or Non Medicated food??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GiGi123, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. GiGi123

    GiGi123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Everyone!
    I'm new to the chick raising business and my chicks should be hatching in a couple days.
    I was wondering about medicated and non medicated food.
    Does anyone used medicated feed and likes it???

    thanks,
    gigi
     
  2. wilkey44

    wilkey44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I start my chicks out on a enriched corn meal for a couple of days then go to a Quail medicated starter its better then the chicken medicated starter or if you want to go unmedicated use the turkey starter it cost a little bit more then chicken starter but I like it better both both turkey and Quail are between 23-25% protein
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't do medicated because I let broody hens raise most of my replacement chicks. I have a mixed age/species flock so I use gamebird feed for everyone and keep oystershell out freechoice so the layers can meet their calcium needs and Corid in the cupboard in case I have a cocci outbreak. The thing you have to remember if you choose to go non-medicated is that cocci can kill quickly, but it also responds well to treatment which is why I keep the Corid handy.
     
  4. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    I have used both. My opinion is is you have a small space for them to grow out in, medicated feed is better because you get the added protection from coccidiosis strains. I think the bigger concern is the quality of the feed and the % protien to give them a good start.
     
  5. GiGi123

    GiGi123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks you everyone for all your help!!


    Gigi
     

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