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New chicks no electrolytes Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazyfeathers, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. crazyfeathers

    crazyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I had electrolytes at the house I don't. I just picked up my babies how much sugar can I add to the water for a quart waterer? Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I've seen various recommendations on BYC from 1 teaspoon / quart on up. The hatcheries mostly say 3 tablespoons / quart for shipped chicks on their care tips. I usually use about a teaspoon, unless the chicks are in bad shape, then I will use more.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can skip the salt substitute (potassium) if you don't have it, and divide these amounts by 4 for a quart of water.
    Homemade electrolytes for chickens:

    1/2 teaspoon salt substitute
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon table salt
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 gallon water​
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014

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