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Raising baby chicks organic

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yoyobantam, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. yoyobantam

    yoyobantam In the Brooder

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    Hi,

    I'm wondering about how you raise babies organically. Most chick starter is medicated. How do you supplement chicks if you are giving them unmedicated chick starter.
    Do you end up loosing alot of chicks?

    Thank you!
     

  2. K-9Dog

    K-9Dog In the Brooder

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    I personally start all chicks with the medicated and after the bag - I go all organic.
     
  3. JaceAgain

    JaceAgain Songster

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    I know nothing about chickens but we are using unmedicated and the farmer I bought mine from uses unmedicated. Ive only had them a week ish (the ages range from 4 days to 3ish weeks) but they arent dead yet.
     
  4. chickielips

    chickielips In the Brooder

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    Same as k dog!
     
  5. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chirping

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    I plan to do organic as well and have mine on unmedicated starter.
     
  6. K-9Dog

    K-9Dog In the Brooder

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    As much as using the medicated I find that it does help get them off the ground a bit. That in itself is valuable. You are going to lose some young chicks and this way it seems to be advantageous than a negative. Once I go through I bag they get Nutrena Naturewise and scratch and greens etc. from the garden and house. This has worked for my earlier batch a few years ago and am currently doing it with this new batch of chicks. I did lose a couple but that is expected from what I know.
     
  7. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming In the Brooder

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    I do organic soy-free unmedicated and my chicks are fine. Chickens have been around long before medicated feed. I think it's more important to keep their living area clean and dry.
     

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