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Got 6 bantam chicks from TSC on Friday 4/1 and added probiotics and electrolytes to their water.  Years ago people used to add a tablet to their chicks water to keep them from getting ill.  What should I be adding to their water.?  I really enjoy all the great info I am getting from this site.

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Unless they are currently having diarrhea, you ca probably stop the electrolytes. Probiotics are good though as their digestive systems are still maturing.
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The only additives I use for chicks is a little apple cider vinegar (ratio of 4-5 tablespoons per gallon water - plastic waterer, not metal) as I found it helps prevent pasty butt. Apart from that all they need is a good quality chick starter, medicated (to help prevent coccidiosis) or non-medicated. There are some nice articles on raising chicks, feeding, medicating, etc in the Learning Center that may interest you. Enjoy the site!

 

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Thanks so much.   Last time I had chickens was years ago when I was a kid.   This site has been such a help.  The heating pad over a frame was a great idea.   Keeps the little ones nice and warm plus it did not cost me anything since I already had the heating pad.

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The only additives I use for chicks is a little apple cider vinegar (ratio of 4-5 tablespoons per gallon water - plastic waterer, not metal) as I found it helps prevent pasty butt. Apart from that all they need is a good quality chick starter, medicated (to help prevent coccidiosis) or non-medicated. There are some nice articles on raising chicks, feeding, medicating, etc in the Learning Center that may interest you. Enjoy the site!

 

x1; I use about a TBL of Bragg's apple cider vinegar to a gallon of water...

 

:welcome I also add a SMALL clove of garlic, crushed, to their water..if your waterer is small, then maybe just a tiny piece of a garlic clove..

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Overthinkers, UNITE!!

 

First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

Chicken Music: My playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-Tb0ZMLqCI52B3Nbp6hKaMtcw5iN0EY

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Thanks for the info.   I am really I found such a great group of people.

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