Need answers about salt in the water will it kill them or not

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gersbud, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Gersbud

    Gersbud Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Central Michigan
    I has recently told that I needed to add 1. tsp of salt per gallon to my chickens water to help
    curb their egg eating habit. I have had mixed emotions about this. I was told that Salt in
    their water can kill them. But the feed store where I buy their feed said that They need to
    have salt added to water. Please help. Need to find the real answer.[​IMG]
  2. nikkimay

    nikkimay In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Pacific NW
    I have never heard someone told to add salt to their chickens water - this sounds like a really bad idea. Fresh clean water is essential, and the salt is not good for them. I can't imagine why that would help with the egg eating.

    If they are missing something in their diets you could always chop up some hard boiled egg for them - after they egg is cooked, they shouldn't associate it with what they are laying.

    I would consult a vet before you added anything to their food or water.

    Good luck.
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Salt is a bad idea. It may be some one is assuming an iodine deficiencey. Dark leafy greens will solve that problem.

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