medicated or non

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FLITZ, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. FLITZ

    FLITZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    should i be feeding my chicks medicated chick starter or non. My chicks are going on three weeks old and ive never given them medicated. The only thing i give them is non med. chick starter, water and a bread treat once in a while
     
  2. Lute

    Lute Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I can tell, it's personal preference. At first I used medicated feed but switched to non medicated because I was able to find it slightly cheaper.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    If you only have a few pet chickens and you neighbours don't have any other chickens, then it should not be a problem feeding non medicated feed. I don't like to use chemicals or medications unless its really needed, I like my bird to build up their own strong immune system and not become dependant on meds.

    I have never used medicated food or vaccinated any on my chicks. I have never lost a bird to disease or illness. In my area we even have lots of neighbours chickens roaming around and mixing with my flock. The only issue I had was scaly leg - which I cured with oil easily.

    I think the medicated food and other stuff is essential for people keeping large commercial flocks, as disease can spread quickly in these situations and it costs a lot of time and money to sort out the problem.

    Hope you chicks are doing OK......enjoy them!
     

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