Question on sugar in water...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blb, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. blb

    blb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2008
    Ok, I have read different answers in books on this so am wondering what you all do. I have 5 chicks coming in on tues [​IMG] and want to have everything ready. I was going to put water in a gallon jug and mix the sugar in there before I put it in their waterer. How much sugar should I add? I read 6 TB? Is that right?

    Thanks all [​IMG]
  2. Jay Bee

    Jay Bee Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Florida
    blb Hi; I use honey, ! tablespoon to a quart of warm water and change every day. I only do this the first week. It has worked well for me. JB
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I read somewhere to use 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 gal. of water. I only use it if the chicks seem to be stressed from shipping or hatching. [​IMG]
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Let me give you a word of warning - after day 2 stop the sugar water and just give them plain water.

    The sugar will act as a laxative and you will have pasty butt problems on your hands if you aren't careful.

    If your little chicks are not showing signs of stress just use plain water. If you must add something to the water add raw apple cidar vinegar.

    Good luck with your new babies!
  5. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    I agree with Miss Prissy!
  6. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    They really only need sugar water the first day if they seem stressed. You should put one to two tablespoons per quart of water. More important than the sugar is the temp of the water. Be sure when you first give them water its very warm, about 98 degrees.
  7. blb

    blb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2008
    Thanks all! I'm getting everything ready for tomorrow. A friend might be picking them up so I'm having the water all ready for them. I will have sugar water today but then no more.

    Thanks again [​IMG]
  8. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I don't give suger water to mine unless they look stressed. But I don't think it whould make a difference as long as you take them off of it after a couple of days.

    Good luck with your chicks

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by