What should I choose? I need some help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lightchick, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

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    I've been feeding my chicks non medicated feed all their lives so far. 4 of my chicks are 14 weeks (?) and 2 are almost 4 weeks. I haven't had any sicknesses or anything, but I'm going to get more chick starter/grower today and I was wondering if I should get medicated this time. Is it really NEEDED or should I just feed what I normally feed?
    I'm just wondering if it would help at all. I wouldn't buy medicated again after the bag was gone, I'd just get non medicated.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Perhaps this will help. If by "medicated" they mean with amprolium, it is simply something that any cocci present will take up and which will inhibit their uptake of thiamine. This causes the number of cocci present to decrease but not completely disappear. Chickens naturally build up an immunity to cocci, but for chicks, if they are present in large numbers, the chicks can become overwhelmed and get sick or die.

    Meanwhile, the chckens don't really absorb the amprolium, so it doesn't afect any eggs being laid, or cause thiamine problems for the chickens.

    Cocci can quickly overwhelm a young chick and kill it before you can get to the store for its primary treatment, Corid -- which is simply a much more highly concentrated form of amprolium.

    Some soils have a much higher concentrataion of cocci than others. I've fed medicated to mine, but I don't know that there are a lot of cocci here, at all. For all I know, I could have fed nonmedicated. In some locations, you may have to increase the dose of the Corid. Some members give a preventive dose of Corid to their chicks, as they have found the medicated feed isn't sufficient. In some cases, the Corid isn't enough and people have to give a praticular sulfa drug, whch in itself is much rougher on the chicks than Corid.

    This is hardly an exhaustive discussion of the subject, but anyway, I'll also mention that there is now a viaccine for cocci. It is fairly new and I'm afraid I know next to nothing about it, other than some hatcheries offer it, and they recommend that vaccinated chicks receive unmedicated chick feed.
     
  3. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

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    Well I've been thinking about getting Corid just in case. Just to have around. Will that be OK?

    Where do you get Corid?
     
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    Thanks!
     

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