Raising chickens without meds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bokbok, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Bokbok

    Bokbok In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2007
    Has anyone ever raised their chickens without antibiotics or any other preventative medicines with success?
  2. apbgv

    apbgv Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    I have never used medicated feed or anything as a preventative with my chicks and I have only ever lost 1 baby. I have lost a few adults to ???? various problems but never any chicks. [​IMG]
  3. PDJTP2006

    PDJTP2006 In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2007
    Ive hatched only 2 clutches of chicks and both times i used a broody hen(Buff Orp) and I never gave any of the chciks meds and they turned out fine. There parents were never on meds either
  4. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I do use medicated feed since I do have trouble with coccidia on my place. I have only treated one ill bird with anitbiotics and that was 4 years ago on a bird I bought from someone else. I have had a few die from various things such as busted egg inside, stroke, heat, and a few from broken necks. I have had dog attacks I had to treat with meds to stop infections but other than that I don't believe in using meds, I believe in breeding for resistance. In the lasyt 6 years I have raised over 300 birds.

    It can be done but you have to be very selective. Personally if I have a birds get sick with say a respiratory infection I put the bird down as that is a sign of a weak bird and doesn't have a good immune system. Just the way I do things.
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Quote:Vaccines are prohibited for certified organic birds; however, parent
    birds can be vaccinated, treated with antibiotics, etc. Certified
    organic chicks must be raised organically from hatching. So if you
    have day-old chicks shipped to you from a conventional hatchery, and
    you follow all the various requirements, you can have them certified.

    FYI--Purina has a Start and Grow that does not have medication in it
  6. rikd

    rikd In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2015
    will county illinois
    i have total of 7 bantam hens/pullets, fairly new to keeping chickens. currently feeding them constant supply of laying feed, with "treats" weekly of either cracked corn or a garlic, grape, carrot, small bit of scrabbled eggs, and main ingredient of either pumpkin seeds or squash seeds. there water is per treated in a gallon jug with pro Biotoics, apple cider vinegar, and one crushed garlic "peddle". now from all ive read all these foods are good for them and it seems that garlic, pumpkin seeds, and squash seeds will evict/prevent most if not all types of worms, and garlic also helps with lice and mites. i have other measures for mite and lice in place like a wood ash dust bath with delouser mixed in. so far no issues and they love the feed and seem to like when the garlic comes out of the water jug when it empties. any thoughts or tips...?? ty :)

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