Why not medicated feed for waterfowl?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mberry222, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. mberry222

    mberry222 In the Brooder

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    I have seen several post that say not to feed waterfowl medicated feed but I could not find the reason. What is in the medicated feed that is not good for waterfowl? Is this the case for starter, grower, and layer feeds?
     
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  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    I feed it to mine. I also give it to my ringneck chicks, no one has ever died. I am not sure what the issue is.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Years ago the meds in the chick food were poisonous to ducks. Now medicated chick starter contains AMPRO, which is safe for ducks.

    It USED to be bad to feed medicated feed to ducks. It isn't any longer...well...unless you have a really old bag of feed laying around [​IMG]
     
  4. Trenary Duck Farm

    Trenary Duck Farm In the Brooder

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    Quote:I think it is great that you questioned this. Too many opinions are paraded around as facts here.
     
  5. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Songster

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    When I got ducks a year ago from a chicken breeder who had a few ducks he wanted to get rid of..He told me NON medicated only..He said it was because ducks eat 10 times as much as chickens and with medicated feed they over medicate theirselves...Dont know to be true...So I feed multi-flock game feed its for waterfowl...
     
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  6. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

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    The Arsenical Compounds that were once used as coccidistats were deadly to waterfowl. these included Arsanilic Acid,Roxarsone,Carbarsone,Carbosep and Histostat..Amprolium and the Sulfa Drugs are safe for waterfowl.......
     
  7. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Songster

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    I'm feeding flock raiser to my guys. I just bought 4 chicks and a Runner duck. I am considering mixing a little medicated chick start into the feed. I'm new to this, is that a crazy thing to do? I just really don't want any problems. It's going to be a small backyard flock btw, never had chickens here before.
     

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