Weird feed question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Who922, May 31, 2011.

  1. Who922

    Who922 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    Roswell, NM
    I know this is going to sound weird. My question is: I bought feed for my chicks the first week I got them. When I got ready to feed them, I noticed it was medicated. I had my chicks vaccinated and they said feeding them medicated feed would counteract the vaccination. So I had to buy new feed. you think it would be OK to feed my medicated chicken feed to my goats? They will eat anything! Or is that a bad idea?
  2. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    Definately do NOT give it to your goats. Chicken starter and laying mash can cause lots of issues with goats and their stomachs. I have also never heard of the medicated feed contradicting with the vaccines. The meds in the feed is for cocci so I don't know why it would make a difference. Maybe someone else has heard different and can write in.
  3. Who922

    Who922 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    Roswell, NM
    After researching, here is what I found:

    If you do choose to vaccinate your birds, you shouldn't give the chicks medicated feed. The vaccination requires several cycles of infection, which the medicated feed will prevent. Your chicks won't be harmed, but you will have wasted your money since the vaccine will be nullified.

    Thanks for the goat info. How long do you think that feed will keep if I reseal it? I could order my next batch of chicks without the vaccination.
  4. wren

    wren Songster

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    A good feed store might exchange it, just tell them why. They can reseal it.
  5. caspernc

    caspernc Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    What are your chicks vaccinated for? The only thing the medicated feed is for is cocci. If they are vaccinated for anything else it is fine.
  6. Who922

    Who922 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    Roswell, NM
    I had them vaccinated for Cocci and Marek's. I thought it was worth it to guard my investment. I only lost two of my order from travel stress. The other 25 are thriving so far!
  7. tclegg

    tclegg Chirping

    May 15, 2011
    I think you do not want to give it to goat OR sheep because it has copper in it---which is a No-No for both...if I remember what I was told by a farmer at work...Not sure about the feed and the vaccines though, never heard about that one way or the other. Sorry

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