Our 1st chicks...medicated food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by boxerpupmom1127, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. boxerpupmom1127

    boxerpupmom1127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All!

    We got our first chicks yesterday (7 total) and I want to make sure I'm feeding them correctly:) I am using a non-medicated feed, as suggested by the nice man at Tractor Supply...but the breeder suggested I use a medicated feed. I'm totally freaked out by the possibility of Coccidiosis. Is there a feed additive I can add for prevention or should I switch to a medicated feed? I should also mention that I will be using a brand from either Southern States or Ace (the Tractor Supply bag was just to get through 2 days while I'm out of town) so any input on those brands is appreciated too. My chicks are 4 days old today and have been vaccinated and water treated for some disease prevention (so I'm told). Thanks!!!

    -Hayley
     
  2. Grunt Monkey

    Grunt Monkey Out Of The Brooder

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    We feed ours a medicated all the way through up until almost adult hood and they are perfectly fine or you can go without its just preference we use it some don't.
     
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  3. IrishAcreFarm

    IrishAcreFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will want to find out if they are vaccinated for coccidiosis. If they were, you should feed unmedicated. If they were not vaccinated for it, it is a very good idea to feed a medicated feed. I have heard horror stories of people losing all their chicks quickly to coccidia, so I always feed medicated to my babies. I love them too much to risk it! Good luck on your babies!
     
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  4. boxerpupmom1127

    boxerpupmom1127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! They were only vaccinated for Maerks so it looks like medicated food for us :) We've only had them a day and we're already in love with them!!
     
  5. IrishAcreFarm

    IrishAcreFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww :) they are easy to fall in love with!!
     

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