Medicated or unmedicated feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dwegg, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just hatched ten babies and am feeding them Countryside Organic Starter (which I also put in the food processor to chop it up a little more). Now do I have to feed them medicated food? Is countryside medicated? Do I have to do anything for Merecks? As I have read about? What is Merecks?
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    There are a lot of different opinions on medicated vs. non-medicated. For Mereks, it's a shot. The hatcheries administer them in mass. Medicated feed is for cocci.

    Both are listed in the ed section on here.

    I used medicated, mostly because I couldn't find anything else. But I'm sure you'll hear plenty from others on their experiences and opinions!
  3. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Medicated will prevent cocci. You can use it for 8-10 weeks, at which point they will have built up an immunity, and you can switch to non-medicated. Around here the only chick starter available is medicated, so I assume it is wise to use.

    Marek's disease typically only occurs when flocks are mixed, i.e., new birds from outside brought into an existing flock. Many chicken keepers never bring birds into their flock from outside and have never had to deal with Marek's disease.
    If mixing could occur in the future, by all means vaccinate against Marek's.
  4. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I didnt use medicated with my first chicks and I don't plan to in the future. They did fine without it and are 12 weeks now and in good health. One of the reasons I got my own chickens was to avoid some of the medications, hormones and general crapola in the food supply. I don't medicate anything around here unless its absolutly necessary.
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Quote:I wouldnt either but you can only get medicated feed around here
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Medicated feed if only containing amprol is a a thamine blocker that prevents cocci protozoa from reporducing in the gut and making them sick. For medicated feed to work as intended, you MUST expose the chicks to the soils they will be living on as an adult so they have something to become immune to. The med in the feed just prevents an overload.

    Cocci is a huge issue in some areas that are wet and moist most of the year, and non existent in others which are dry. The PNW has soil in which it thrives so I tend to use it. However, if you give day old chicks a dish of soil from the run, and don't keep the too "clean", as in no need to clean the brooder after each dropping, they will get a natural immunity on their own with a small risk of too many building up. Regardless if you give medicated feed as chicks, if you have a high percentage of cocci in the soil outside, they can ingest enough oocysts to make them sick even if they do not reproduce in the birds.
  7. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks guys that has been very helpful and nice to hear from people who do not medicate their chicks through feed. I think I am going to continue using my 'Countryside Organic' feed as I do not intend introducing new chickens from outside my own flock.
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Have never vaccinated or used medicated feeds and have never lost a chick nor had any incidence of cocci in my flocks.
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Cocci are prevalent in the Southeast. One member here lives in north GA and besides feeding medicated, usually winds up treating for cocci.

    If you are going to feed nonmedicated, I'd suggest you stock up on Sulmet and Corid. You won't have a lot of time to shop if they get good and sick from cocci.

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