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I would like to add baking soda to my laying hens diet this summer. Which I have read is commonly done on commercial farms to increase calcium absorption. But the weather will be 100-120 degrees and the chickens need ectrolytes added to the water. Can they be given baking soda and electrolytes? The article I read it from said to use either or but not if you could use both. Also will baking soda harm chicks eating the older hens feed?
post #2 of 8

Hi and welcome to BYC. I would suggest that the best place to get the answer you are looking for is the "Feeding and watering your flock" forum. I am unable to help you with your question, sorry.

 

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CT

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post #3 of 8

Agree with CTKen.     I've never heard of giving them baking soda, so can't advise you.

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Do not give them baking soda  - it is Sodium bicarbonate and they don't do well with extra Sodium and in the heat could be deadly.

 

And IMO they don't routinely need electrolytes  --- but in heat they need lots of cool, clean water.   Ice and lettuce in the water helps to keep them cooler.

 

 

And IMO - don't try to pattern after the commercial folks :duc

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post #5 of 8
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Thank you for the answers. I know they don't usually need electrolytes. But in 100+ degree weather isn't it important? I lost 11 chickens last year (it was 120 degrees) and would like to be able to prevent it from happening again. Can I give them electrolyte water every other day or something similar? Thanks again
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If baking soda is bad is their anything else to prevent thin eggshells in the summer? And do thin shells mean the chickens are unhealthy?
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 I think it means they are not getting enough calcium. New here  too.

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