Medicated starter/ grower how long to use it?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iluv..., Oct 21, 2010.

  1. iluv...

    iluv... Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2010
    My chicks are almost 8 weeks old and I have been using medicated starter/ grower as feed for them. The manufacture's label said to use it until they are 8 weeks old, but I can I use it longer than the recommended time period? If not what should I feed them next? This is my first time raising chicks so I am a newbie in this.
  2. Fox&hen

    Fox&hen Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    I had asked this same question a while back, and some people feed it until around 16wks. just before or when you get the first egg. some do it differently (sooner) from what I understand. I switched ours over at 16 wks.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I start mixing in grower/flockraiser at 4 weeks and then stop feeding the starter at 8 weeks.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    When my adult flock was little there was no grower type feed available around here. Our farmer's co-op (the only really local source for feed) had three types of feed - medicated starter/grower, layer feed and gamebird feed. Not wanting to put them on the gamebird feed (too high a protein for birds that I wanted to grow slowly), I kept them on the medicated starter/grower right up to the time they laid the first egg. No ill effects.

    Now we have a new feed store in town. With my juvenile flock I fed medicated starter until 8 weeks, then switched them over to grower. Last week I switched them to layer feed, at 18 weeks, because I got my first egg.

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