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Medicated or non medicated starter feed

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by drowe005, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering whether any of you use medicated or non medicated starter feed for Chukar and ringneck chicks? Some reason I think I'm not getting the right feed from southern states but they swear its right. Its 18% minimum protein and non medicated. I was under the impression that you need to have it around 28% for starting out. Thanks for any comments
     
  2. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 28% gamebird starter that is medicated with BMD (to prevent enteritis).

    18% sounds more like chicken starter to me. Pheasants, quail and chukars need higher protein, preferably animal protein.
     
  3. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    I use unmedicated feed.If you feed them medicated feed,they build up an immune system.If they need medication and you are feeding them medicated feed,it may not work.This is my opionion only, no proven facts,just my opinion.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  4. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up going back to the feed store and they did give me the wrong feed, I was able to get 28% protein sporting bird starter now. Although, they have stopped selling the unmedicated feed, so I had to buy the medicated feed, hopefully this wont cause a problem in the long run. Thanks for the replys
     
  5. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You got the right stuff.Medicated or not. Un-medicated is really hard to find around hereTOO...cva34
     
  6. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    Medicated feed protects birds from Coccidiosis, nothing more. It will not harm game birds nor waterfowl. I use it for babies and have never had a problem. Feed it as a wet mash.
     
  7. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should I feed the wet mash? The first 2-3 days? or longer than that?
     
  8. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed the medicated starter because that is what is available to me. Once adults I do not use a medicated. If you go with the wet mash idea be sure and change it often as it will quickly mold in hot weather. Myself, I prefer to just give it to them dry and they seem to do fine.
     
  9. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good, thanks for the replys. Ive got 1 Chukar in the brooder now that hatched last night and a few more on the way now. In a week Ill have a few more chukars coming and about 18 phesants hatching, Im getting excited now ha
     

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