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Switching From Medicated to Non-Medicated Starter/Grower?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Patinas, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been feeding my chicks medicated starter/grower from day one. They range in age from 5 to 8 weeks old.

    They're all healthy and thriving but I have seen posts on here where people stop feeding medicated starter/grower.

    My question is....is there a best practice? Can I give them the medicated up until I switch them over to layer feed? Is there a benefit to stop feeding the medicated and start giving them the non-medicated starter/grower? Are they still highly susceptible to cocci?
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're going to get answers both ways. Some people are die hard for, some against...

    Personally, when I have chicks, I buy a 50lb bag of medicated starter and feed them that until it's gone and then switch them over to a non-medicated "flock raiser". Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on the number of chicks you're growing. It won't hurt them to stay on the medicated feed for a shorter period of time, but it won't hurt to keep them on it longer. I don't know that I'd keep them on medicated feed until they go to layer feed - that's a long time. If your birds are in the 5-8 week range, I'd swap them out next time you need feed to a grower, all-flock, etc.
     
  3. smorris2

    smorris2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 5 chicks that are 8-10 weeks old and 3 one year old hens that have been eating medicated starter. I was told today that I should not eat eggs from hens on the medicated feed so I switched them to a layer specific feed today. My question is-how long should I throw out eggs from when they switched feed
     
  4. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which medicated feed were you using? Most likely it contains amprolium. There isnt an egg withdrawal period using amprolium. I would, however, check your feed bag to be certain that is the ingredient.
     
  5. smorris2

    smorris2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Purina start and grow medicated
    Amprolium is the first ingredient
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  6. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply 0wen. I guess I'll finish up the medicated and then switch them to the non. They will be 3-4 months old by then.
     

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