Medicated vs. Non-Medicated Chick Starter

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jatj, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. jatj

    jatj Just Hatched

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    My chicks will be here in six days. I want to do everything without any form of antibiotics, preferably. I was wanting to get some opinions and ideas on the differences from some of yall more knowledgeable folks. Is starting with medicated best, or are there other ways??? I really would like to stay completely antibiotic free. I look forward to learning from yall. Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    amprolium is the medication in most chick starters. it keeps your chicks from getting cocci. i start all my incubated chicks on it. hen raised chicks don't need the medicated.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Amprolium is not an antibiotic. It's a thiamine blocker, I believe, that slows the growth of cocci and gives your chick time to develop an immunity on it's own.
     
  4. jatj

    jatj Just Hatched

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    Ok. That definitely helps. Thanks guys. do you all have a preference between the red heat lights as opposed to the white ones?
     
  5. Crysta

    Crysta Out Of The Brooder

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    Red bulbs are supposed to make the chicks less aggressive. Use the red ones, it prevents pecking.
     
  6. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    use the red bulb to keep them from pecking
     

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