It’s not in the chickens’ best interests for flock owners to regularly provide antibiotics to newly hatched chicks, returning show birds, and newly introduced chickens.
Such casual drug use merely drives up expenses and exacerbates issues in the end.
Instead, develop a disease prevention strategy based on the problems common in your region and only vaccinate your flock against dangerous diseases they are likely to encounter.
Pay attention to your chickens and learn what to look for so that you will be ready to respond quickly and effectively if a problem arises.
And learn to improve your chickens’ immune systems to help them fend off dangerous infections.
For more information on how to boost a chicken’s immunity, check out my post: Chickens & Immunity