MEDICATED OR NOT
When ordering birds the option of vaccinating for coccidiosis prior to shipping is often available. Coccidiosis, an infection of the intestinal tract, can cause blood in the feces of chicks and can spread rapidly in a flock. Starter feeds are also available in a medicated format to aid in the prevention of the disease in chicks. The devastating effect the disease can have on birds can easily be prevented by using a feed containing AMPROL. When purchasing chicks from UFA you have the option of having them vaccinated using Immucox which delivers lifetime immunity; however; if you do give treated chicks medicated starter in the first 4 weeks, do not stop as the feed will counteract the vaccine.
As your birds reach their next stage of maturity it is important to keep an eye on their growth rate to ensure they are growing at a proper rate. At this stage, which varies by species and purpose, birds move to a grower/finisher ration. The primary change in the feed is the amount of protein is reduced, but the food remains a complete source of nutrients including vitamins and minerals.
After the change to grower/finisher the feed programs become very dependent on bird type and the end purpose. Broiler chickens for instance remain on grower until they are market ready, with only their feed rate changing. Turkey’s move from a higher protein turkey grower pellet to lower protein poultry grower as they approach market age.