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Can I give my chickens CHILDREN'S VITAMIN TABLETS?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by upitty, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. upitty

    upitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just reading up about nutrition deficiency and was wondering, can I just dissolve some vitamin tablets into their water every now and then? I was just wondering in case it might "hurt" them.
     
  2. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The meds you have are made for humans, not chickens, so I wouldnt give them the childs med. They do have special med for chickens at Tractor Supply or your local feed store.
     
  3. upitty

    upitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    But if it's just vitamins why would it harm the chickens?
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If it has iron in it then I wouldn't advise it.
     
  5. hollys chooks

    hollys chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    it's "just vitamins" balanced for human children. the nutritional requirements of a chicken aren't the same.

    do you know it is possible to overdose on some vitamins and minerals, for example vitamin A.

    children are quite a bit bigger than chickens and so a dose for a child would be many doses for a chicken.

    offer your chicken and your child a healthy, varied diet and neither should have any need for vitamin supplements unless they have some underlying health problem.
     
  6. upitty

    upitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just checked, it hasn't got any iron in it. Why is iron bad for them?
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Too much Iron is toxic to them and they could easily be overdosed on it
     
  8. upitty

    upitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just so you know, I'm not planning on having kids anytime soon, I still am a kid. Secondly, I feed my chickens a very varied diet (they free range in our backyard). I was just wandering, would it be okay if it was nessasary.
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some vitamins and minerals that are healthy for you in small amount are bad for you in larger amounts. This is true of any species. Calcium for example is healthy and necessary for chickens but too much for an extended period of time will cause kidney failure.

    Nutrition is all about balance. I don't know enough off the top of my head what about of what would be bad for a chicken but I would seriously doubt that what is healthy and balanced for a human child would be the same as what is balanced for a bird.

    Do you feel like your birds are lacking something specific?
     
  10. hollys chooks

    hollys chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    i'm not planning on children ever, they would probably scare the chickens [​IMG]
    i bet your chickens love free ranging in the yard, mine do.
     

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