How to Deal With Travel Stress in Baby Chicks

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  1. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Sometimes chicks start to die after one gets them home. Many times this is due to the stress of being shipped and the stress of adapting to a new environment , both in the store and/or their new home.
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    There is one thing you can do to help the birds thru any travel stress they might experience before they reach you. Travel stress is something the seller cannot predict and we all worry about. Despite our best efforts, postal delays, and misdirected shipments, etc, do happen. I have seen a number of folks ordering chicks this year and despairing when the chicks started dying after they arrive home. I am convinced a majority of these losses are due to travel stress. That's not the seller's fault.
    It is something you can mitigate. For years I have used Bovidr Labs products on my dogs and poultry. The products are top notch and really do what they say. PoultryNutri-Drench is an emergency nutritional supplement especially made for those times when stress compromises a creatures ability to uptake nutrients or stabilize their metabolism. I love this product. It is wonderful for dealing with travel stress, new hatched chicks, broody hens, show birds. Any time a bird's environment or health causes challenges to it's well-being.
    Poultry Nutri-Drench can be bought on-line and at Tractor Supply. It is very concentrated. Just put in their water for the first few days after they arrive and are adjusting to their new environment. Also give 1 drop to each bird by mouth when they arrive. The neat thing about Bovidr Labs products is that they don't need digested. They are absorbed thru the mouth, tongue and throat, in addition to the stomach. This makes them the perfect help for creatures whose G.I. tract is compromised by stress or lack of well-being. It is especially good for bringing back creatures who have low blood sugar. In 15 minutes, it can bring back a puppy who is in seizures from low blood sugar.
    The $10.00 bottle, which is 4 oz., is plenty for your needs. The folks at Bovidr Labs are very knowledgeable and have all dosages, if you need help with that, right at hand.
    I don't work for Bovidr Labs or sell ther products, just a huge fan. Here is their website: http://www.bovidr.com/poultry.html
    Best Success,
    Karen
    Waterford English Light Sussex
    in western PA
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    Just talked to Bovidr Labs. They no longer make the 8 oz. bottle with the pump. They make the 4 oz. bottle with dropper and the qt. bottle which has a cap.
    For chicks, they reaffirm one drop by mouth upon arrival. Then 2 cc per gallon of water in the chicks water for the next 2 weeks. ( one will probably need the qt. bottle to supplement for 2 weeks, it depends on how many chicks one has). Bovidr said it does say 4 cc per gallon on the bottle, however, if the chicks won't drink that strong of solution, 2 cc per gallon works just fine. If one is using less than a gallon waterer, then change the PND/warer ratios accordingly.
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    Places to buy PND
    http://www.amazon.com/Bovidr-Laboratories-Poultry-Nutri-Drench-oz/dp/B000HHQEBK


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/

    offer-listing/B000HHQEBK/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    http://www.shanestack.com/shop/index.php?page=shop-flypage-15625


    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=23114f45-f59a-41e9-baf7-f617dc1dfefb

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    http://www.jefferspet.com/poultry-nutri-drench/camid/liv/cp/16796/
    best price for 4 oz.

    http://www.drugs.com/vet/poultry-nutri-drench.html
     
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  2. Bellatrixed

    Bellatrixed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for this post! My chicks ship on the 27th and it looks as if it's going to be fairly cold then so I've been really worried about shipping stress. I just ordered a 4 oz bottle to have on hand. :)
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    More than welcome, Bellatrixed. All our chicks are raised with PND in their water.
    It tastes good to poultry so is also good if one has broody hens they are worried aren't drinking enough.
    Best Success,
    Karen
     
  4. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for giving us this tip. I am getting some chicks shipped from OH in spring and I have been worried about travel stress. I am new to chickens (just started with my first flock last spring). I am a little concerned about giving them each a drop when they arrive because I am not very experienced in handling little chicks, I might do some harm to them. Will it be enough just to add PDN to their water? [​IMG]
    I already ordered a bottle of PDN as soon as I read your post.
     
  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi aldarita,
    I don't think it will hurt them to open their mouths and drop in a drop with the dropper. However, if it worries you, not a problem, you can add 4cc per gallon of water instead of 2cc for the first day , if you don't want to give each of them a drop. If they decide they don't like the stronger solution, just back it down to 2cc per gallon. Ratio cc's accordingly if you use smaller than a one gallon waterer.
    Best Regards,
    Karen
     
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  6. 3riverschick

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    Poultry Nutri-Drench is not like other chick "helpers". It is manufactured under 2 US patents. Does not rely soley on digestion for it to work. Is absorbed directly into the bloodstream by way of the mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach. That is why it's good to use if the bird is chilled or stressed and thus its G.I. tract is not functioning normally.
    Best
    Karen
     
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  7. KatieBugg

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    I have been using this stuff for the last 3 years for chicks and it makes a big difference on getting the babies started! I also use it in the adults water during molt gives them the extra oomph and they feather out faster and I believe helps them stay healthy during that time. I am definately a fan of Nutri-Drench!
     
  8. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Karen, thanks for your expert advise I am glad that I will be able to help these lovely creatures to start them in a healthy life. I might be able to get enough courage to hold them and give them a drop as soon as I get them, just because it will ease their transition from traveling and to a brooder.
     
  9. 3riverschick

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    Yes, it's a great little product.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  10. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    This is a tough time of year for little chicks , what with all the traveling and re-homing.
    Adjusting their nutritional uptake to all these different changes.
    Best,
    Karen
     

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