Adding Vitamins to Chick's Water?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Oktober, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Oktober

    Oktober Out Of The Brooder

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    I was in the tack and feed store today looking at supplies in advance of our chicks arriving in a few weeks. The sales person who was answering my questions kept pushing the vitamins/electrolyte packets to add to the chick's water. I thought I read somewhere that there is a downside to supplementing vitamins/electrolytes in young chicks. Any thoughts or advice?

    Thanks!

    -Okt
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Ordinarily, chick feed contains all needed nutrients. You can overdo both certain vitamins and, certainly, electrolytes. They may be helpful during an illnessor when dehydrated, or for a day or two after shipping for new chicks, but I wouldn't add them routinely.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What ddawn said.
     
  4. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This year I decided I would add the mcmurray broiler booster and electrolytes to my laying chicks on a regular basis for the first four weeks (until packets were gone). This years batch was the most active and healthy batch I had seen in a long time. Highly recommended.
     
  5. Roo on Harley

    Roo on Harley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Knock on wood that I haven't had to give GroGel Plus-B here recently but have had to in the past.
    Luckily I get my little chicks locally
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I use Polyvisol vitamins without iron in their water. They are infant vitamins sold at many stores. I prefer using vitamins because not all the vitamins are in their feed. My chicks are growing up very well. I also use probios probiotics in their water as well.
     

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