Do you give your chicks supplements?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LaLoomis, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to get everything ready for my chicks which will arrive in a couple weeks. I can't decide if I should give them supplements right off the bat.

    Damerow's "Chicken Health Handbook' recommends vitamins for the first three weeks but McMurry's Quick Chick also comes with electrolytes and I read some BYC posts that said you should only give electrolytes if there is a problem.

    Should I wait to see how they're doing before I give them anything?
     
  2. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I think it's a matter of personal preference. I've been giving all of my flock a vitamin/mineral/electrolyte supplement this winter, from day old chicks all the way up to my laying girls. I just think they need the extra vitamins/minerals since they can't get outside to free range.
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep my new chicks on vitamins and electrolytes for the first few weeks and have never had any problems
     
  4. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, sure do. The breeds I'm getting need all of the good organic supplements they can get.
     
  5. kbbeale

    kbbeale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of electrolites do you guys use?
     
  6. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use terramycin desolved in the new chicks water to start them off, then I just feed with chick starter which also has vitamens added.
     
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

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    I'm giving my chicks plain ole fruit juice -- a 100% juice blend of cranberry, blueberry, grape, and apple -- usually with water added. Lots of vitamins and antioxidants in a form that seems more natural to me. If they had the chance they'd eat the fruit, so this just makes it easier on their young, grit-less crops. I also add additional fish meal to their feed to increase the protein and the DHA they need for healthy cell development.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with shelleyb1969, I think it's a matter of personal preference too. I feed my chicks Starter/Grower feed initially. It has all the nutrients the chicks need.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I used good ol' fresh water, but had vitamins and electrolytes on hand in case of a weak chick.
    The only time I use electrolytes now is during extremely hot weather.
    I would never give antibiotics unless I had a confirmed illness. Indiscrimate use of antibiotics can render them ineffective if and when they are needed.
     

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