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I am totally new to keeping chickens. My chicks are a week old and have been on start and grow medicated chick food. I bought a package of vitamins and electrolytes, powder to add in the water, and wonder if I should start giving them vitamins now? If now is not necessary, when is a good idea to do this? 

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The ideal time to start it is when you bring them home.  The electrolytes are helpful with shipping and hatching stress.  Also a life saver when birds are over heated in the summer heat.  The most important thing in my poultry keeping tool box (and practically the ONLY thing!) is a bottle of Poultry Nutri-Drench.  It gives the chicks an extra boost, helping to provide nutrients missing from feed that may not be as fresh as it should be.  (you'd be surprised at how many feed stores sell old feed!)  I never buy a bag without checking the mill date, and will dig through a pallet of feed to get a fresh bag.  

 

An other good thing to give them within the first 2 weeks of life is a clump of sod from a yard that has not been treated with insecticides/herbicides.  This will give them:  early exposure to the bacteria they will be encountering in your yard (helpful for jump starting their immunity)  Will also give them a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria and fungi to jump start their gut flora and immunity.  (Mama sees to this when she takes her brood out for their first excursions.  Baby chicks eat chicken poo which gives them plenty of jump start!) Also in that sod will be a bit of grit (necessary for proper digestion), plenty of minerals, some small insects and worms, their first greens, and they will delight in playing king of the hill and have their first dust bath.  I like to put the sod upside down, just lay it down in a corner on the shavings.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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The ideal time to start it is when you bring them home.  The electrolytes are helpful with shipping and hatching stress.  Also a life saver when birds are over heated in the summer heat.  The most important thing in my poultry keeping tool box (and practically the ONLY thing!) is a bottle of Poultry Nutri-Drench.  It gives the chicks an extra boost, helping to provide nutrients missing from feed that may not be as fresh as it should be.  (you'd be surprised at how many feed stores sell old feed!)  I never buy a bag without checking the mill date, and will dig through a pallet of feed to get a fresh bag.  

 

An other good thing to give them within the first 2 weeks of life is a clump of sod from a yard that has not been treated with insecticides/herbicides.  This will give them:  early exposure to the bacteria they will be encountering in your yard (helpful for jump starting their immunity)  Will also give them a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria and fungi to jump start their gut flora and immunity.  (Mama sees to this when she takes her brood out for their first excursions.  Baby chicks eat chicken poo which gives them plenty of jump start!) Also in that sod will be a bit of grit (necessary for proper digestion), plenty of minerals, some small insects and worms, their first greens, and they will delight in playing king of the hill and have their first dust bath.  I like to put the sod upside down, just lay it down in a corner on the shavings.  

Great advice! Thanks so much!

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Great advice! Thanks so much!

Just excellent advice from lazygardner !! Esp. the Nutri-Drench. I put it in the water for my chicks for the 1st 2-3 weeks. makes the water look like very weak tea. The smallest bottle at Tractor Supply is enough. Just great for getting chicks off to a strong start. Doesn't need to be digested, mainlines directly to the bloodstream. All natural.  http://www.nutridrench.com No need for electrolytes if you use the Drench. 850,000+ birds aren't wrong.

 Best,

 Karen​


Edited by 3riverschick - 6/7/16 at 9:08pm

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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