What Medicated Chick Feed Is All About

How to Control Coccidiosis in Chickens

What Medicated Chick Feed Is All About
Originally published in Backyard Poultry April / May 2017. Subscribe for more helpful tips like this! Medicated chick feed exists for one reason and one reason only: to confuse you. Alright, that’s not true, but for many beginning backyard flock owners, it sure seems to be one of the many unexpected things you find along the way. Medicated chick feed (or medicated chick starter) is a solution to a longstanding chick rearing problem known as Coccidiosis. What is Coccidiosis? The disease known as Coccidiosis is not a virus or a bacteria, but instead an infestation of coccidia. Coccidia are protozoan parasites, which is a fancy way of saying it’s a microscopic critter. These microscopic critters are very common in the world of poultry, and the lion’s share of backyard chickens have experienced a run-in with one of the many varieties of coccidia. Under healthy circumstances, a chicken will ingest an

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