It’s been a long time-Electrolyte Disaster

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MT chick, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. MT chick

    MT chick Hatching

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    So I’m just getting started again with chickens after a long break from childhood 4-H...I was in a rush and overwhelmed by the not so great mixing directions and over concentrated my Durvet electrolytes. I have lost one chick already and another seems like he has ascites. What should I do to save the rest? I dumped out old mixture and put plain water in for the moment.HELP! I don’t want to lose anymore.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    Don't know why peeps are looking for the MAGIC BULLET using electrolytes. There is such a limited necessity for such. I have never used them in over 20 years of chicken keeping.
    Most likely there is little that you can do at this point. Just offer them CLEAN WATER. and hope things shake out on their own.
    WISHING YOU BEST,,:hugs ,,,,,,,,,,,, and :welcome
     
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  3. MT chick

    MT chick Hatching

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    Thank you. I feel terrible. Still hoping for the best. My sick little guy is still doing okay. Maybe some small improvements this morning and no one else looks sick. Fingers crossed. Good lesson learned. Thanks again.
     
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  4. Chad Oftedal

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    So in my case, the store where I bought mine gave me a weekly schedule that I needed to follow since it involved medicating the chicks with Amprolium. The schedule calls for electrolytes 2x a week. What the person from the store told me was that the Amprolium can sort of knock them off their game a bit, and that the electrolytes the next day just helps bring things in to balance again. The day after the electrolytes is back to just plain H2O. The Amprolium is dosed for 5 weeks on each Monday. In my research before I bought them, I knew electrolytes was sort of a gray area. But, when in the store purchasing the chicks, and being told this is what they want you to do, and you've never raised them before, you kind of feel like you need to go with what they are telling you. Now, what's kind of funny is that they work with a larger farm in the area that mixes their own blend of electrolyte powder (I figured this out after I got home) so it also is a convienent way to sell extra product! I have one more week left of the rotation, and then I plan to just stick with straight H2O. I keep NPD on hand in case I should need it, but otherwise I'm more of a just H2O fan.
     
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