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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

    Aug 24, 2013
    Auburndale, Wi
    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

    Feb 18, 2011
    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

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    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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