Thoughts on medicated feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ErikaRI, May 24, 2017.

  1. ErikaRI

    ErikaRI Just Hatched

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    Hi,
    What are thoughts on medicated chick feed? The woman we just got our chicks from recommended it for 2 months, but our local urban chicken supply store says they don't sell it.
    We have 4 chicks, and they're 2 weeks old and have been vaccinated.
     
  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Medicated feed fights against coccidiosis. Which is common in young chickens. I would just get the medicated feed. It's the same price. Most vaccinations are to prevent mareks disease. Not coccidiosis. So I would get the medicated feed. Or if you don't have it where you are, you can get non medicated, I think it would be fine.
     
  3. MrsEskew

    MrsEskew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What have they been vaccinated for? If they have been vaccinated for coccidiosis, then you won't need to give them the medicated feed.
     
  4. ErikaRI

    ErikaRI Just Hatched

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    They've been vaccinated for Marek's. I guess I'm wondering whether the concern (from the local place) is because of antibiotic resistance, or there's some other reason they wouldn't sell the medicated stuff...
     
  5. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

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    I feed non-medicated and haven't had a problem. It's a preventative, but not required. It's helpful if you have a large number of chickens, or can't keep their area good and clean. Gradual exposure to their new environment will allow them to have limited contact with any spores in your soil and build a resistance. Just watch for abnormal, and especially bloody, droppings. Change their bedding regularly and make sure they've got fresh clean water and feed. You'll probably be fine.
     
  6. MrsEskew

    MrsEskew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people prefer not to feed medicated feed, while others choose to go with it. Its completely up to you. The purpose of medicated feed is to help chicks build a resistant to cocci. People who prefer to go organic choose unmedicated. My flock is not organic or anything like that but I prefer to feed unmedicated feed because I haven't had any issues with cocci at all since raising chickens and plus, the medicated always seemed to me to be rough on little bellies. Always used to make my chicks have runny poop. We all have our different preferences on how to care for our birds.
     
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  7. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Feed with amprolium added is meant to help chicks manage coccidia in their environment. It is NOT an antibiotic, and is approved for use in organic flocks. Some of us do fine without feeding it, and others have problems with chicks dying of coccidiosis. Your birds may have no problems with non-medicated feed, depending on the soil where they live. Mary
     
  9. ErikaRI

    ErikaRI Just Hatched

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    Thank you—this was just the info I was looking for! Of course, I have no idea whether it's an issue here in coastal RI, but This gives me something to work with...
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I've never used medicated feed, never had issue with coccidiosis. My chicks get exposure to my soil, thus exposure to local cocci during their first 2 weeks of life, which is the best window of opportunity to build on the antibodies they get from their mothers. As Amprolium blocks thiamine uptake in the cocci, I find myself wondering if it does the same in the chick. I choose to use caution regarding this, and use soil and fermented feed to build my chick's gut flora so they have a strong immune system.
     
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