Found this tip useful...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aggielady, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. aggielady

    aggielady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013

    I'm new to the site and am new to chickens as of this week.
    We are so excited to start this new adventure. We chose Wyandottes and Gold Stars for our little flock of 4. The Wyandottes are about a month old, but when we got our Gold Star chicks, they were only a day old and we learned the feed store had not been properly notified when they arrived. As a result they spent too much time in transit. The feed store owner had concerns that our new chicks may not survive the night after the stress of the long shipment.

    I remembered a little suggestion I read in all my planning and research before getting chickens.
    They suggested dissolving a bit of sugar in their water (about a teaspoon to tablespoon, depending on the amount of water given).
    Gently dip the chick's beak in the water to show them where it is. The chick will be thirsty and the sugar will both entice them to drink more and also give them a little more energy.

    I mentioned this to several of my more experienced "chicken-raising" friends and they had never heard of adding sugar to the water. My chicks are lively and doing great, and I wanted to share in case it could help anyone else!

    Best of luck to you all!
  2. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    Hello and welcome.[​IMG]Thanks for the info.
  3. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The season for getting baby chicks for me is over, though I might hatch some chicks in the summer. You can also try using apple cider vinegar. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    Nice tip! I used to try the beak dipping thing but never the sugar. The chicks generally wouldn't take to the water at all until they, I dunno, accidentally trod in it or something and realised what it was. :p

    Enjoy your chickens! :D
  5. aggielady

    aggielady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013
    Veer67: Thank you! I think I read about the vinegar on the same site I read about the sugar, but I can't remember-- isn't the vinegar good to use on a regular basis as well to keep the chickens healthy and the water clean? I don't really remember. I will be sure to try it though [​IMG]
    Thanks again!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] People do give a bit of sugar in the water for chicks that aren't doing real well or won't drink. Sometimes it helps to give them a drop of polyvisol (NO IRON) infant drops 3 x a day to give them a boost.
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Sugar water can be a great help with weak/stressed chicks. I've seen it perk up chicks who had difficult drawn out hatches as well. It is definitely a good tip! The apple cider vinegar (we call it ACV here) is fantastic for chickens of all ages. It is said to help prevent cocci in chicks and I know it helps prevent pasty butt in chicks. (A potentially fatal condition, when poop clog up chick's vent, making it impossible for it to go). There are quite a few discussions on ACV and it's uses here, but I think you'll find this thread interesting:

    Please note, all kinds of ACV has benefits, but the absolute best one is an organic vinegar with the "mother" in it.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  9. aggielady

    aggielady Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2013
    Thank you all for the warm welcome. I'm thrilled to say that it has been a fun month. My coop was completed on Saturday and my chicks (now one month and two month pullets) are doing well and seem to be a happy little flock. [​IMG]
  10. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow

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