idea-maple syrup water instead of sugar water?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beanmcnulty, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. beanmcnulty

    beanmcnulty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to give my chicks maple syrup in their water instead of sugar when they arrive. Anyone think this is bad idea? Maple syrup just has more nutrients.
     
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tough question. If the maple syrup is bad for them you could kill them. Maybe feed 1/2 the chicks sugar and the other 1/2 syrup?

    Are you talking about %100 natural maple syrup or the colored flavored stuff they sell in the store? If it's the natural stuff I might give it a try but if you mean the store junk I would stick with the sugar.
     
  3. beanmcnulty

    beanmcnulty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:no way i would give them flavored corn syrup;) No its real maple syrup and plan to boil 5 min to sanitize too.
     
  4. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Sounds good to me, but I'd only give them a little...can cause the runs!
     
  5. Larkin

    Larkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Table sugar is sucrose sugar. Fruits have fructose sugar. Milk has lactose sugar. Glucose and dextrose are also simple monosaccharide sugars.
    So what I'm going to suggest is that they are ALL monosaccharide sugars that are immediately available to the body to be used as quick energy and so therefore very similar. I would (as a smallish scale maple syrup producer) be very comfortable giving my chicks a healthy, natural, product that I know exactly how it's been made, to my chickies.
    You're right too when you say it has better nutrients. It has minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and I'm sure I am forgetting something else but HORRAY for maple syrup![​IMG]
    http://www.nnyagdev.org/maplefactsheets/CMB 202 Chemistry of Maple Syrup1.pdf
     
  6. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree and think it would be fine! Molasses too would be okay but don't give either for too long just the first day or so then put in the apple cidar vinagar.

    too much sugar = pasty butt issues and diarhea.
    Caroline
     

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