How long on sugar water and electrolytes

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crazyhen, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    How long should I keep my new peeps on sugar water and electrolytes they are only 4 day old buff-o's. thanks jean
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Why are they on sugar and electrolytes? I only give chicks fresh clean water. No additives are necessary if they are healthy chicks.

  3. I would take them off right now...before the sugar starts causing diarrhea.

    Generally, chicks don't need sugar and electrolytes if they are healthy.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I agree with hinkjc and gator. Healthy chicks don't need it.
  5. I give my chicks vitamin and electrolytes in their water for the first week or two. Every other 2 days.

    I usually only do that if im hatching bantams or getting shipped chicks.
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I did three days of electrolytes for the shipped chicks. Then just water. Wouldn't think a healthy unstressed chick would need anything.
  7. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I give my chicks suger and/or electrolytes the first day I get them. If they are healthy they get regular water on day 2 but if they are a bit on the bad looking side I give them it for 3 more days.
  8. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    thanks everyone,
    My chicks were shipped. They were stressed. and cold. One died that pm but the others were doing well until today. I have one pooing bloody mucous. by advice I have switched to sulmet and plain water. They are really active little buffo's and very curious. they will cock their little heads side ways and just stare at me so funny. I have never had chicks before and this is definitely a new trip for me. lol! I saw the suggestion of sugar and water plus electrolytes on here . Trying so hard to be a good mom. Jean
  9. I would do the same with shipped chicks, crazyhen. We all try so hard to be good chicken mama's, don't we?? Good luck!! [​IMG]
  10. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    Hatchery instructions say do sugar water for 1 hour only and then feed.

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