Electrolytes when to add them?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shannon84, May 24, 2019.

  1. shannon84

    shannon84 Songster

    Jun 1, 2016
    Hi I was wondering when I need to add electrolytes to my chickens water. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees this week here in Southern Indiana. Thanks y’all!!!
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  2. chkva

    chkva Songster

    Mar 20, 2015
    I was wondering the same thing. It's been 95 every day where I am and I haven't given any because my chickens actually seem to like the weather. They just hang out in the shade and forage in the afternoon when it cools down. I've been giving them watermelon or cantaloupe every day and they seem to enjoy it.
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  3. Timothy Menezes

    Timothy Menezes Songster

    Nov 27, 2017
    Monterey, California
    Well most electrolyte supplements are packed with salt, so not sure how that helps in the heat. They don’t sweat out salts like humans do.

    My favorite vitamin pack is BVC Poultry start which is good for them in general, but don’t know if it does anything for the heat specifically.

    I’m thinking plenty of water and shade are the best things for heat management.

    Also picking a white feathered lighter weight breed if your in a very hot area is probably a good idea too.
  4. shannon84

    shannon84 Songster

    Jun 1, 2016
    I have a young very huge very feathered buff Cochin with feathered feet ugh . I will put the fan on them on super hot days, I’ll pick up some of that of that vitamin poultry packs. Poor chickens. It’s like my rooster has permanent house slippers
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