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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicke lady, Jan 30, 2015.
Who recommends medicated starter and non medicated starter and why??
My best advice to you is to read the available literature, then you will make an informed decision that is right for you. Medication is usually Amprolium which is a thiamine blocker to keep the Cocci from reproducing. The organisms that cause coccidiosis are in all soils, your organisms may be different than mine. So, some folks use Amprolium to keep Cocci in check. Others work immediately on exposing their chicks to the native soil so they can develop a natural immunity (probiotics and early exposure to soil). When Mama hen takes her chicks out of the nest, they immediately start pecking around. They ingest soil, and even some of the barnyard feces. This gives their guts a good blend of natural flora so they are not as likely to have an overgrowth of Cocci pathogens in their guts. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It depends on your comfort level, and your approach to how you will take care of your flock.
Thanks so much for the advice!!