How long to use electrolytes/vitamins in chick's waterer?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jiff, May 14, 2010.

  1. Jiff

    Jiff In the Brooder

    May 19, 2009
    Bennett, NC
    We got three new babies yesterday & started putting a vitamin/electrolyte mixture into their waterer. I read in Gail Damerow's Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens to use vitamin/electrolytes in the waterer for one week for new chicks, or for three weeks if the chicks have been shipped. Since mine have were shipped, do I need to continue to use it for three weeks? It seems like a long time and I don't want to give them too much of it, so please let me know what you do with your babies! Thanks!

  2. HathawayHens

    HathawayHens Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    DeLand, FL
    I didn't use any with mine... if they are doing well, and you can watch them, I think they will be fine. [​IMG]
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I have never used vitamins/electrolites in any of my chick's water. (I pick mine up too...) I think they'll be fine without it. I did use it for a chicken with a cold once.....
  4. fastpat

    fastpat Songster

    Quote:I discontinued that additive at the end of the first week if I recall correctly, and went with plain, tepid water.
  5. RM44

    RM44 Songster

    Jul 15, 2009
    Woodstock, Georgia
    I used it for 5-6 weeks. My chicks were shipped. I used a small amount (smaller than the recommended dose after the first week). I liked knowing they were getting a little extra in their water, and I wanted to use up the package. (Ha-ha. Even after 5-6 weeks I only used less than 1/2 the package.....) My chickens are healthy and happy. I would do the same with my next batch of chicks.

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