How long do chickens need electrolytes in their water?

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  1. sfm1951

    sfm1951 Just Hatched

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    How long do chickens need electrolytes in their water? Our Welsumers are 4 1/2 months old. Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    There's no need to give them on a daily basis. Sure, they can help give their immune system a boost and general health but they are generally not necessary.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I don't use them as a rule, ever. Not for baby chicks, etc. Plain ol water is best for most birds.
     
  4. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that electrolytes are high in potassium, which can stress a chicken's heart in excessive doses, so I think one needs to be very careful about using them. However, I live in an extremely hot climate (frequent triple digits), so during the summer I give my adult birds one day of electrolyte water every two or three weeks (I use Durvet powder), and it seems to help them feel comfortable. That works for me and my birds, but everyone has different approaches, of course.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Baby chicks, at hatch, but only then. Adult birds if they are acting stressed with hot weather. (seem off balance, stumbling) If I'm having a difficult time in summer heat, I know it's time to check my flock. Injured birds or stressed birds could benefit. Plain water is best, and when giving electrolytes, always offer plain water at the same time.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    I too give some when it's excessively hot, it really seems to help.
     
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know that chickens need electrolytes in their water because chickens don't sweat.

    However I do add a small amount of electrolytes to the water of my birds if I am going to ship them or otherwise stress them like when dubbing..

    It may even improve muscle function but I don't know one way or the other.

    What I would recommend is to observe the water intake and if a hen or rooster drinks water to the point of throwing it back up, then electrolytes may be in order.

    Your birds may suffer kidney damage from too much electrolytes in their water.
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I have never used any in all my years of keeping Chickens....Stop using it is my advise....Fresh water is best.....

    Cheers!
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    Also, save your money for things that really matter. I make my own electrolyte. It cost pennies to make. Do a google search and you'll find plenty of recipes. Mine uses a bit of Jello powder, sugar, salt, baking soda, and water.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've wondered about that also.....dogs don't get electrolytes, either.
     

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