Medicated or non-medicated food.........

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by txreddirtgirl, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. txreddirtgirl

    txreddirtgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Decatur, Tx
    ............that is the question! This is my first ever venture into raising chickens. I have 6 chicks approx 3-4 weeks old (as best I can tell...wing and tail feathers are appearing). I've read several things online and the online community seems split whether to feed them medicated or non medicated chick food... Your opinions?

    Also, anything else you can tell me about diet/water/etc would be appreciated!

  2. DFCottage

    DFCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2008
    Montpelier, Virginia
    You'll find here that some people like the medicated, some don't. I feed the medicated. Somehow, I don't know why, I have had far less cases of pasty-butt with the medicated feed. Just make sure your chicks are on a starter feed.. Purina makes a nice start-n-grow, I get my feed from my local Southern States. I start switching them over to the adult crumbles at about 14-16 weeks.

    Fresh water ALL THE TIME. If you're worried about it going dry while you're out of the house, then get a bigger waterer, or more of them [​IMG] I like to start my chicks off on vitamins/electrolytes for the first week or 2. Or you can add a little sugar to perk them up if they seem lethargic.

    I generally don't feed my chicks treats, but sometimes I'll bring in a little grass for them to peck at, some hard boiled egg, but that's usually only after 2 weeks. The chick feed covers all their nutritional needs. If it's a warm day, I will let my chicks out in a confined pen on some grass for some play time. But make sure you keep an eye on them!

    As they grow, I like to put really low perches in the brooders for them, some bricks to hop on/off.. I have some old firewood in with the month olds right now and they love it.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Ditto- that pretty much covers it. I personally feed medicated feed, and bring in a little coop dirt for them to pick through and bath in. It does get a little dusty inside, but I don't have to worry about other critters snatching them outside when they're in the nice, safe brooder. [​IMG]
  4. iamsara

    iamsara Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2011
    Sonoma, Ca
    [​IMG] thank u , good information!
  5. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    You will find a lot of people do not use medicated feed. If we are going thru this to have healthier eggs and chickens, people do not want to medicate unless necessary. Many people put a lil dirt in the brooder for them to peck at..this takes care of the pasty butt they say. I kept reading all the pros and cons of medicated vs non and the medicated just seems to be a "what if" case. I personally don't like that. Your chicks are already far into the time when you would give them medicated starter anyway.

    As for diet and light..the best thing to do is spend a lot of time reading. You will come across tons more you can gain from..and welcome! [​IMG]
  6. txreddirtgirl

    txreddirtgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Decatur, Tx
    Thanks to all for the advice! Seems that I'll be feeding them the medicated since that's all my feed store has at the moment! [​IMG]
  7. Lytlechick

    Lytlechick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    Dumar 20% non medicated seems to be working for me. 6 RIR roughly 6 weeks old, fat, happy, and wide open so far. We try our best to change there water 3-4 times per day and litter daily. Maybe alittle overkill but its not hurting them, I hope?
  8. Sylvialarry

    Sylvialarry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Northern Calif
    I personally don't feed medicated food. We are way over medicated as a society. Back in 1900 all chickens were fed unmedicated food and so where people. I order my food online and have had no problems. I currently have three grown hens and four babies that are 4 weeks old. They are doing great with out the medicated feed. Their feathers are coming in and they are so loving they love to sit in my hand for hours. I highly recommend the non medicated but that is my opinion.
  9. lamNervousNellie

    lamNervousNellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    I use medicated feed, but it's simply for lack of other options. I don't know if it really makes any difference since I've not tried unmedicated. Someone earlier mentioned pasty butt.. I heard that adding a little ACV (apple cider vinegar) to their water helps to clear that up really quickly.
  10. mylulusmom

    mylulusmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2008
    long island Ny
    It depends if your chicks were vaccinated against coccidiosis or not. I order mine from McMurrays Hatchery and pay the extra few cents to have them vaccinated. If you use medicated feed on vaccinated chicks your destroy the vaccine.

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