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

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

  1. Jiff

    Jiff Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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