How to mix Pedialyte into chick water?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Noobchick, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my two week old chicks have been occasionally drooping one wing and having one of their legs go out. Ive been giving them poly-vi-sol in their water for three days, then plain water for two, etc. But they still sometimes droop as they did before.

    3 questions:

    Would there be any other reason they'd droop one wing? Could they just be relaxing it or "sunning' themselves in the heat lamp?

    I'd still like to give them some electrolytes as well just to be sure Ive covered all the bases: how do i mix it in?

    Would it better for me to use powdered electrolytes I've heard other people use on this board?

    Thank you so much!
     
  2. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. They are most likely sunning themselves. Nothing to worry about there! [​IMG]

    2. If it is the powdered kind, it is just like making Gatoraide. Just follow to dosing instructions (if any). If it is colored, mix it in to a slight watery tint, adding a little at a time and stirring until fully dissolved.

    3. I prefer the powdered kind because it is easier to give to the chicks, though I have seen gel fed to chicks in hatcheries and such.

    Good luck with your new babies!
     
  3. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shoot- sorry, I mispoke. I have Pedialye now, the unflavored clear kind. I'll be going to the feed store tomorrow for powered electrolytes. Until then though I'd like to go ahead and get them started on the Pedialyte.

    Whats the ratio of Pedialyte to water?
     
  4. gdrake_man

    gdrake_man Out Of The Brooder

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    I shouldn't even post this because I don't know what I'm doing, but...

    I had a sick hen in April and I didn't know what was wrong with her. But she was very lethargic so I quarrantined her and gave her some pedialyte with a syringe. I didn't mix it with anything, and I gave her some in a dish for another day.

    It turned out that she had a really bad case of poultry mites, and she was limping - I still don't know if she just sprained her foot or what (there was no bumblefoot). In any case she's better now. Whether or not the pedialyte helped her along, I don't know.

    Again, I wouldn't necessarily take this as advice. We've only had our hens for a year and I just was informed that my 8-week old chicks that I thought were Cornish Crosses are actually Leghorns - shows how much I know!
     

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