newly hatched chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dadsgirl, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. dadsgirl

    dadsgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was told that once your chicks hatch , they need electrolytes and vitamins in there water, is this true, and if so what kind do i use and for how long ??? thanks, angie
     
  2. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Others state that it gives the chick a better start. I don't use it and haven't lost any chicks that didn't have a deformity. I just use plan water and sprinkle mash on the paper towels.
     
  3. chickorama

    chickorama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We never put anything in a chick's water before... but maybe someone knows something I don't about keeping them more healthy... I wonder. [​IMG]
     
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first hatch, but I've had two that were a bit sick so I ran out and got Target's brade of pedialite (unflavored).

    I have one bowl of water and one bowl of that, and they've been sucking down the pedialite! So if nothing else, they seem to like it!
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I gave my chicks 2% milk in the PM and water in the AM.

    They thrived.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I only gave mine chick starter and lots of water. I have never lost a chick. I must be blessed.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:The only thing I do with my chicks water, is to put a tsp. of sugar in a quart of water...It's supposed to make them regain their energy. If you plan on hatching a lot of chicks though, it wouldn't hurt to give them electrolytes. With as much as they drink, one pack would last you FOREVER!!
     

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