Medicated or NON-medicated?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SundownWaterfowl, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Which do you feed your chicks, medicated, or non-medicated? And why?


    Also, is Dumor medicated or not?
     
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  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    This is a personal choice.

    We feed medicated for the first 8 weeks. We feel this gives them some protection against coccidoisis. But it isn't a guarantee, so I also feed cayenne pepper and buttermilk.

    Our flock gets Purina, but I would guess that all feeds have a medicated version.
     
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  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Buttermilk helps protect against cocci? How does that work and how do you feed it?
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to each 1/2 cup of feed. Moisten it with buttermilk or yogurt. This won't cure, but is used as preventative.


    I also have this in my files from Carla (Allen Wranch here on BYC)

    Carla knows a person who feeds powdered milk as a coccidiostat. This is what Carla posted: Mix about 50/50 with the feed. She hasn't had any cocci since using it.
     
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    my chicks get medicated start, for 2 months,, and my big birds get the medicated start once a week.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Well for some idiotic reason the feed stores in my area no longer carry the medicated type, but if I had a choice, I would feed the medicated. Cocci is such a quick killer with little ones., it is best, IMO, to try to prevent it. (And it always seems to kill my pullets first!!)
     

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