Found some studies regarding the potential benefits(?) of carbonated water on overheated birds...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by QueenMisha, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    So recently I was trying to find some old studies I forgot to bookmark regarding high calcium fed to cockerels, but instead ran across the subject of carbonated water as it effects birds in hot climates. I thought I would share these with the group. Now mind I'm no scientist and I didn't even properly finish high school, but from what I can make out they seem to suggest that carbonated water could have beneficial effects on birds who are getting hit hard by hot weather.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Very interesting, QM - I'll be sure to have a read - thanks for sharing

  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've only reviewed the first abstract. It makes sense to me that adding sodium bicarbonate -baking soda - to chickens' water would help combat heat stress - it acts as an alkalinizing agent (buffering acidity) as well as helping to replenish electrolytes. I have a recipe for a homemade electrolyte replacer for poultry that's basically water, salt, sugar, and baking soda. While I actually didn't need to administer it to the chickens this summer, I did have to administer it to myself.

    Thanks for the links!
  4. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
  5. R.J.

    R.J. Just Hatched

    Jun 19, 2017
    So what happens if your putting ACV in your water and you add the baking soda?
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    You make a science fair volcano? :lau
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  7. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    There might be some confusion about which link goes to which study. Hopefully, this will help. Here are the links with full citations from @QueenMisha who started this thread:

    Effect of Carbonated Water on Growth Performance of Cockerels Subjected to Constant and Cyclic Heat Stress Temperatures. W. G. Bottje, P. C. Harrison; Poult Sci (1985) 64(7):1285-1292. doi: 10.3382/ps.0641285

    The Effect of Tap Water, Carbonated Water, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Calcium Chloride on Blood Acid-Base Balance in Cockerels Subjected to Heat Stress. W. G. Bottje, P. C. Harrison; Poult Sci (1985) 64(1):107-113. doi: 10.3382/ps.0640107

    Research Note: Effect of Carbonated Drinking Water on Production Performance and Bone Characteristics of Laying Hens Exposed to High Environmental Temperatures. K. W. Koelkebeck, P. C. Harrison, T. Madindou. Poult Sci (1993) 72(9):1800-1803. doi: 10.3382/ps.0721800

    Here is the link with full citation from my post above:

    Effectiveness of Novel Methods to Reduce Heat Stress in Broilers: Chilled and Carbonated Drinking Water. P. O. Okelo, L. E. Carr, P. C. Harrison, L. W. Douglass, V. E. Byrd, C. W. Wabeck, P. D. Schreuders, F. W. Wheaton, N. G. Zimmermann. Transactions of the ASAE (2003) 46(2):453–460. doi: 10.13031/2013.12966
    (Full text available free here.)
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017
  8. NJ Mike

    NJ Mike Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2017
    Verona, NJ
    For someone who didn't complete high school you certainly read some detailed research. I would need the readers digest version of that one.
  9. barred2rock

    barred2rock Overrun With Chickens

    Had anyone here actually tried giving their hens carbonated water?
  10. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    I am curious too.

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