Emerson White wrote:
Edited to add: Regarding feed, GMO's (which are not the devil incarnate, Monsanto may be...) aren't nearly as important to avoid from a health and safety standpoint as things like moldy feed (which we know will cause cancer) or mite infested feed (which is nutrient deficient and we know to be not good for your birds).
This might be a handy addition for introducing a new chicken or treating an injured chicken.
Have a chicken prison that keeps the chicken next to the flock to reduce pecking order issues. You may use it to break up a broody, isolate an injured chicken, introduce a new chicken to the flock, or who knows what else. It needs its own food and water, weather and predator protection.
Good for you. We're both small scale. You have 3 and I will only have 10. Additionally, you adopted 3 pullets not chicks. The little I've read states "Many preventative drugs are effective only in the first part of the parasite life cycle, and therefore must be used early if they are to be used at all", the antibiotics aren't as effective as when they were first introduced, and drugs used for prevention frequently interfere with development of immunity to coccidia. Here are two articles I located which I found helpful in making my decision-
Okay, Im trying no antibiotic starter feed.
Dirt Ball wrote:
You suggested two that I had in mind. The chart looks fantastic. I'll look for the others you suggested.
I found a reputable local source for the Easter Eggers. I never found a source for Rhode Island Reds. Where would I purchase any of the breeds you suggested?
How do you feel about using probiotics in feed?
Prebiotics and probiotics can restore the balance of bacteria in your digestive tract. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be found in various foods. When you eat probiotics, you will add these healthy bacteria to your intestinal tract. Common strains include Lactobacillis and Bifidobacterium families of bacteria.
Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics keep beneficial bacteria healthy.