how much sugar in the water for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kittykorat, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. kittykorat

    kittykorat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2009
    Central MA
    My new chicks should be arriving today. I read that you are supposed to add sugar to the water at first. I can't remember where I saw that... how much sugar do I add ?
  2. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    I don't put sugar in the water. It can constipate them......I would get some vit & electrolyes...[​IMG]
  3. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    I put about a Teaspoon in their waterer
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Sugar water can be provided for a few hours with shipped chicks to help give them a boost of energy from their travels. One tsp. dissolved in a chick waterer will be plenty. Watch them to make sure they are able to drink and then provide lots of fresh water & feed sometimes helps if they get pasty butt from no water intake and stress from shipping.
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    I've never done sugar water (except for a weak chick), but if you do it's 1tsp in the small quart waterer. I would only do it for their first day, after that plain water.

    Even better is to add organic ACV to their water, mine get it as soon as they arrive/hatch and every time from then on.

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