New to chickens - From Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by poniesforever, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. poniesforever

    poniesforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, thought I did this earlier, but I guess I did something wrong. So I'm try again...

    We're in Northern Maine, and althought I remember my mother getting chickens when I was young, my main interest was my horses, I never paid any attention to the chickens. Other then one who'd lost her toes to frostbite, who became a bit of a pet.

    I recently ordered a few chicks through a feed store, and they are suppose to come in May. My hubby is building a chicken coop, which I expect to been done soon. While my brother inlaw, has had chickens geese and ducks for a few years, I guess I finally decided I needed some too. :eek:) B-I-L is going to order some chicks soon, and I plan to order a few more for myself as well at that time. B-I-L is also going to incubate a couple duck eggs for me. I'm just a little excited about it all!

    I do have a question tho... BIL suggested I feed medicated chick starter. So I got some. Then I read somewhere that medicated chick start may void vaccines... I am having my chicks vaccinated for Meracks... will the medicated chick starter void to vaccine?? I also have regular chick starter, and now I don't know what to feed. My BIL did say he had a problem with meracks a couple years back and lost a lot of chicks as a result. He lives close to us.

    Aside from my new adventure in chickens, I have always had horses, many years ago Arabians, a few Quarter horses, Shetland ponies, and now simply 3 reg miniature horses, one lovely stallion, and two nice little mares. I Also have 3 grandkids, a great husband, and a few miniature goats.

    I am glad to have found this forum so I can ask those silly newbie questions! Hope you all don't get tired of my crazy questions!
     
  2. CorinneP

    CorinneP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Your Farm sounds wonderful and I hope you will grow to love the Chickens and have as much fun with them as I have with mine .. I Do not know the answer to your Questions But I am sure some one here will.. BYC is so Full of so many knowledgeable people willing to help !
     
  3. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    The medicated starter will not interfere with vaccines. It is actually a substance that interferes with coccidia reproduction by limiting the parasites ability to absorb an amino acid. It has no effect on animals.
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  6. poniesforever

    poniesforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the welcome! Thanks also for letting me know its okay to go ahead and feed the medicated chick starter. Thats been a real concern for me!
     
  7. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome from another Mainer . i have always fed my chicks medicated and had no problems.
     
  8. poniesforever

    poniesforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Thats good to know! Glad to see another Mainer on here too!
     
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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