Need Answers ASAP Please!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TherryChicken, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi, I was told that when my sweish flower hen chicks hatch I need to give them un flavored pedialite for the first couple of days then bottled water the next. Now if I have other breed chicks, is this safe for them too or would they need to be seperated? Could I use regular chick starter feed on my swedish flower hen chicks along with the pedialite and such?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Think about it.
    Pedialite is electrolytes for babies. It is way too expensive to use for chickens since for about $3 you can get vitamins and electrolytes for chickens at a feed store that will treat over 100 gallons of water.
    Swedish flower hens are chickens.If something is good for one breed it will be good for another (other than weather).
    Bottled water(unchlorinated) is better for all animals and humans.
    If adding beneficial bacteria to the water, I always dechlorinate or use bottled water.
    Common sense rules the day.

    Apparently you are hatching eggs.
    The first couple days they don't need food or water.
    After that I give dechlorinated/bottled water at room temp with a little sweetener like honey/agave nectar/sugar to boost energy for the first day.
    Chick starter is for chicks.
    Flower hens and every other breed of chick.
     
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  3. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Well I'm VERY new to the chicken business so thought I'd ask :). Thanks
     
  4. Jipus5

    Jipus5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Read up about putting apple cider in your water, for all your chickens. Haven't read anything substantial that says you need anything else. Always remember that chickens have been living for a long time out in the wild so know what all may be in your tap water or maybe use a natural rain water trapper to give them what God wants them to have! But pedialyte....NO.
     
  5. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    So Should I not use the pedialite like I was told by the breeder?
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Pedialite is fine to use as long as it does not contain iron. However, it's just overpriced compared to the electrolytes and vitamins you can easily find at a feed store.
     
  7. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh Ok Thanks!
     

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