Just to be clear...sugar water vs. gro-gel

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gritsar, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I ordered gro-gel with my chick order. Do I still need to put sugar in their water or just offer them a side dish of gro-gel for the first few days. Doesn't the gro-gel basically do the same thing as the sugar water?
  2. Ron

    Ron Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Southeast Texas
    Be safe and do both! Can't hurt.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    One or the other. Really it's just to give them a boost for the first day. Both probably wouldn't be a problem. I don't do either, not even for my recent shipped batch.
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you give them sugar water stop after the first day. It can cause pasty butt.

    Gro-gel used to be just a green food dye but now they are adding vitamins to it.

    The chicks would be better served if you got a package of the quik chik drink powder which is high in vitamins and minerals. Think of it like a gatorade for chicks. After a day or two using it you can put the pouch away and have it on hand if you ever needed a quick vit boost for your chicks/chickens.

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