Non-Medicated feed..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hemolymph, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. hemolymph

    hemolymph Out Of The Brooder

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    I got a 25lb of purina start & grow and it's non-medicated... Is it that big of a deal or should I go back and get a 50lb bag of medicated? (All they had was 50lb in the medicated one)

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  2. Lawnman127

    Lawnman127 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many chicks do you have?
    I used up 50 lbs of medicated in a little over 3 weeks with 25 chicks.
    I would just keep the non med, and buy some medicated.
    Some don't use the medicated at all. it's up to you, but I say give them
    all the help you can.
    Dennis
     
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I would get the medicated starter if I were you. Brooder raised chicks need the immunity. [​IMG] I'm sure some will disagree with me.
     
  4. franko

    franko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give the chicks medicated until they are about sixteen weeks. If the flock looks sick when they are grown you can treat them with Salinomycin.
     
  5. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls go through a 20lb bag in about a week and a half (14 chickies).. I would use what you have and then buy medicated!! Thats what I do. Ive interchanged a couple times due to my hubby buying the non medicated [​IMG]
     
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  6. plucker

    plucker Out Of The Brooder

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    The employee at TSC recommended to me that we get non-medicated food and add a broad spectrum antibiotic to the water. Is this just as good as medicated food?
     
  7. Saltcreek

    Saltcreek Out Of The Brooder

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    So if they have been vaccinated for Mariks do you still feed madicated feed?
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Personally, I don't give meds unless they're sick. My flock is healthy and have good living conditions, I don't see the need to medicate "just in case". Not a road I want to start down [​IMG]
     
  9. BrattishTaz

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    Quote:Yes, the medicated feed is not for Marek's disease. Put coccidiosis or cocci in the search bar to read older threads on medicated vs. non-medicated feed. ( This last part is for the OP as well.)
     
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  10. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a hot topic for many people. My Opinions:

    I would save the non-medicated bag of feed until they get a little older (something like 15 or 16 weeks) and give them medicated feed until then.

    The purpose of medicated feed is to help the chicks build up a resistance to cocci. This is very different than giving them an antibiotic to kill an infection.

    To "plucker" - Please remember that MANY of the employees at feed stores know nothing about raising chicks. Many of them will give bad advise. Antibiotics are used WAY too much in animals and humans. I personally would never use an antibiotic unless absolutely necessary.

    To "Saltcreeek" - Mareks and cocci are different diseases.
     

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