Question About "Runt." Where to get vitamins

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by frozenchick, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. frozenchick

    frozenchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, this is my fourth batch of chicks this year. I'm making pretty good progress in restocking my flock. Anyway, I had 9 chicks hatch this time around. One little guys had a tough time though. It took him a lot longer to hatch then the other chicks and he's quite little. I'm thinking this is my first runt. He seems healthy enough; he eats, drinks, and wanders around the brooder. He's definately not as big as his counterparts, or as active. I know that giving him vitamins would be helpful, but I can't find them in town. I've looked everywhere-my local feed stores, and even contacted my vet (he does farm animals). I was wondering if there is some type of "homemade" vitamin I can give? Some type of food or something that can give this little guy a leg up? If not, does anyone have a web address or other suggestions for finding vitamins?

    At the moment I'm feeding non-medicated chick starter and fresh water. They are in the brooder in the house. This little guy hatched Saturday morning so he's 4 days old now. Suggestions? Anything would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some electrolytes contain a vitamin supplement and I remember eading that some human vitamins can be diluted. I hope that someone who knows the formula will stop by for you...[​IMG]

    Could the little one be a banty?
     
  3. frozenchick

    frozenchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Unfortunately no. Definately not a banty. I don't have any at all in my flock and since I incubate my eggs straight out of the coop there's no way.

    I could try elecrtolytes. I feed them to my horses. I'm just not sure of the ratio or anything like that. Do you remember where you read that?
     

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