When do i switch off medicated feed for processing.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by leoismydog, May 15, 2009.

  1. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    OK so i have my rock X at 5 weeks now. I only have access to feed that is the Medicated starter grower. I have breeder layer food for my adults thats nonmed. How long before slaughter do i need to have them off of the Med starter feed and on the adult layer breeder feed. I dont want to be eating it any more than they do:)e However them eating it prevents me from eating them:rolleyes:. I would like to get them off this feed as soon as possible either way. As for the rest of the chickens when is it safe to pull them off this feed also. I have no choice as to commercial starter feed that is not medicated, they dont/wont carry it. I currently cannot grow/produce/scrap enougfh food for the chicks to grow up on. I have southern states as my only source of feed. Thanks
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    The Southern States feed I get is starter/grower and intended to be fed till they start laying, for the ones you are raising for eggs. For the meaties, I guess you will just have to switch them to layer, and hope it doesn't hurt them before slaughter. If they call it layer/breeder feed, maybe that is what you are supposed to switch them to?

    Around here the grocery chains (Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion) also carry chicken feed, and it is a different brand and unmedicated. Have you checked the pet food aisle by any chance? We also have a locally owned plumbing/hardware store that carries feed.
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  3. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    Thats a good idea i will check.
  4. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    They have a broiler grower available in most states. Switch to that.... I would call around and check as it's pretty common. Normally you should switch over at about 2 weeks, in your case the breeder ration would work bu it's a little high in calcium.
  5. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    I fed mine nothing but corn for the last two weeks. No meds in that.

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