Home Made GrowGel For Shipping Chicks? Grow Gel Recipes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JordanFamily, May 25, 2010.

  1. JordanFamily

    JordanFamily Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Archie, MO
    I was wondering if anyone has a recipe for home made growgel??? It seems to be expensive how I use it. I buy the grow gel from McMurray hatchery and the packet feeds 100 chicks but it is so consintrated that I have to use at least half of it at a time which is a wait since I only ship 10 chicks at a time... So I'm paying $2 for growgel per a shipment of chicks and was wondering if there is a cheaper alternative? When I had goslings shipped to me they had just regular red jello in with them for hydration... Would this work for chicks? Maybe jello and egg yoke and apples for older chicks???? Would I need sugar free jello??? Or is there a recipe for home made jello that would work for hydration for the day olds and older chicks to be shipped with... All suggestions are appriciated... Thanks [​IMG]
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  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    not sure but heres a bump as I am curious as well
  3. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have seen a recipe for this before and am now trying to find it again! Anyone have it? HenZ
  4. Zgoatlady

    Zgoatlady Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Enumclaw, WA
    My Coop
    I would also love to know.
  5. jason_mazzy

    jason_mazzy Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Quote:not sure, but I wouldnt use sugar free anything. sugar is a simply carbohydrate that can be digested easily. Not sure how well phenylkeuretiks (artificial sweetner) and the like are tolerated .................................
  6. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    The recipe I seen had jello or maybe sure-gel, unsweetened? I think also some chick electrolytes. I agree, sugar-free might not be a good idea. It would need to be "crumbly" not too jell-ee. I have been googling and cannot find anything.

    ETA: I have found a pet product called Waterbite, made of 95% water. Also, it uses Stevia as a natural sweetner, rather than sugar which I guess would melt if it got warm.
    Last edited: May 1, 2011
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