Medicated starter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BayCityBabe, May 9, 2008.

  1. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I thought I was all set up for my Tuesday delivery:
    * brooder? - check!
    * heat lamp - check!
    *waterer - check!
    * feed?
    Uhm... I have some starter, but it is not medicated. And, it was all they had at TSC. So, I went to the local mill. They are "out" 'til late next week. Any suggestions? Should I panic & call around for medicated feed? Chill out? Try to medicate the chicks' water?
    I'd love some advice.
  2. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Honestly I would not fret, just feed the starter that you have. I have fed un-medicated in the past with no problems.
  3. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    Check and see if they have medicated turkey or game bird feed. It is a little higher in protein but it works as well. I feed it to my cornish with out any problems.
  4. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    IF they were vaccinated you don't want medicated feed anyway. I got my chicks on Dumor from TSC
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  5. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    If they are vacinated for Marek's, then no medicated feed?
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    No, if they are vaccinated for cocci no medicated feed for cocci. The only thing medicated feed does is help prevent cocci by being a thiamine blocker so the organism cannot multiply in the intestines. So if you only had mericks vaccine, you can still use medicated feed.

    Medicated feed is not always necessary, but does help build up their natural resistance to cocci. Expose them young and they will reach a balance sooner.
  7. It is totally fine to your non-medicated starter until you get medicated starter. I have used non medicated and the chicks were totally fine.
  8. CodyChristine

    CodyChristine In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2008
    Belle Plaine, MN
    Thank you so much for posting this! I was in the same boat - my chicks are coming tomorrow and I had everything set up and then looked a little closer at my feed and it's not medicated so I was feverishly trying to figure out what to do.

    The only thing I'm a little nervous about is I ordered these from my feed store and they're coming from Hoover's Hatchery. When I ordered them from the lady at the feed store I asked her if they were vaccinated for Marek's disease, and I don't know if she knew what I was talking about. She said "I think so". Does anyone know when hatcheries sell to feed stores, do they usually immunize all the chicks?? I hope so!
  9. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I've never used medicated feed for chicks.

    We first got our day-olds (from McMurray's) last year and we paid to have them vaccinated for Marek's and Cocci so medicated feed wasn't an option.

    I hatched 3 different batches of eggs over the winter, didn't feed medicated chick starter, and haven't had any problems.


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