Agave nectar and chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rebacopter32, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of making a sugar water solution for some of my weaker chicks. Problem is, I'm out of sugar. I do have agave nectar, though- does anyone know if agave nectar will hurt chicks? It's kind of like honey, but way sweeter. It's natural as far as I can remember. I thought I remembered someone saying giving honey to chicks is risky- can anyone confirm this? I believe I have honey as well. Any good/safe alternatives for sugar?
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I give my newborns yolk water.
     
  3. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look up info on Molasses in the water I think for the first day. Research that first to get accurate information. Do you have any vitamins for the baby chicks in their water?
     
  4. gimmie birdies

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    I am still sold on my yolk water, yeah!
     
  5. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am assuming you boil the egg for the yolk.
     
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  6. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, they have vitamins in their water. It's actually parakeet liquid vitamins, but I've used it before and it has the same ingredients in it as other supplements. I ended up using honey in their water, they seem to do doing fine. I've never thought about using molasses- I'll have to look it up. I was searching earlier today and apparently there might be an ingredient in honey/molasses that is potentially dangerous to chicks, but I don't know what it is or if it exists. I saw other people giving their chicks honey water, so I did it anyway. I'm too scared to use agave nectar though, I'm not sure what's in it. And I forgot about using yolk! Usually I'll boil an egg and mix the boiled yolk with water. I haven't done that in a while, I guess it slipped my mind. I think I'll do that later.
     

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