how to get a sick chicken to drink?

Sep 20, 2017
Washington State
We are treating our rooster for a respiratory infection and while he is eating a little, it's really hard to get him to drink. I can get a couple of drops of water into his beak before he starts fighting me and trying to get away, and I don't want to stress him out too much. Is it OK to add some honey or sugar to his water to make it more appealing to him? Or is there something else that can be added, or perhaps a different hydration method?
You could try adding some water to a small dish of chicken feed to make it soupy to get more into him. Gatorade might be good for a day or two. Tube feeding is fairly easy to do, and there is a good thread by Casportpony called “Go team tube feeding,” if you Google it.

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