Starter Crumlbe all medicated?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mr.Yardbird, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Mr.Yardbird

    Mr.Yardbird In the Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    lake meredith
    Is most starter crumble medicated? I use Nutrina (sp?) atm. I ordered 25 layers and these are not availabe for the cocci, vaccine this time of year. Just needed a good idea on what feed to use.

  2. I use both medicated and non-medicated. It says medicated on the package.
  3. Brahmadarma

    Brahmadarma Songster

    Aug 13, 2008
    I asked my feed store for medicated crumbles and the guy told me any kind of mash was best for baby chicks - is that right? That's what I'm giving them and they are eating it fine, but are they getting what they need? They are a week old now.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    It is your choice to feed medicated or not. If the feed is medicated it will say 'medicated' right on the bag, or on the tag at the bottom of the bag.
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    I asked a guy at a feed store today if they had unmedicated chick feed in pellet form, and he said, sure, it's layer mash. Make sure whatever you're feeding, it isn't for layers, as the feed is too high in calcium for the chicks (I know, that's backward from humans, but there you go). If they weren't vaccinated for cocci, and you want to have them medicated (i do, some people choose not to) then you need to make sure it is medicated *chick* feed. (starter/grower is another thing you might see on the bag label.)

    Good luck

    Oh, and mash is best when they are tiny, as crumbles can be a bit big for them for a few weeks yet.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I always use starter crumble. It comes medicated and not. It's up to you if you want medicated feed or not. Regardless, having sulmet or some cocci med on hand is a good idea since they can get it either way as chicks and even as adults. Early exposure to the soil will help them build up their immunities. The meds only prevent the cocci from multiplying in the gut. It is a protozoa, not a bacteria or virus.

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