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When to switch from medicated feed to orgnanic

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Little-er, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Chicken Little-er

    Chicken Little-er In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2011
    Our girls are about 13 weeks old. First they were on medicated starter and are now on medicated grower / finisher. I want them to get onto organic feed -- is it a good time to make the switch, or should I keep them on medicated a bit longer? thanks!

  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    I switched at 16-18 weeks and one of my girls started laying at 18 weeks. I don't think now would be a bad time if you are already running low.
  3. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    I think they are far enough along to switch them. I would mix the feeds at first transitioning to all organic after a week or so. I just got my Country Organics soy free layer today and fed the girls some to see how they liked it. They loved it. They are 16 weeks so they can go on the layer now.
  4. chicken_noob

    chicken_noob Chirping

    Jun 22, 2011
    Chehalis WA.
    I was told after 6-8 weeks you can switch them off medicated because by that time they pretty much have the "stuff" they need from it...that's just what I was told. /shrug
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Quote:Correct, after 8 weeks you can go to non medicated starter/ grower.
  6. I use non-medicated grower and starter. I've never used the medicated stuff and knock on wood, have never lost chicks to cocci. Clean waterers,feeders and litter are very important. Non-crowded and non stressed conditions, plenty of greens and fruits.
    I've been reading a lot about adding probiotics, which I will probably start doing.

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