Should i supplement their water?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jed1154, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. jed1154

    jed1154 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some baby chicks that are about 4 weeks old now. Should i supplement their water with vitamins or antibiotics or any type of preventative medicine or nutrients? What about when they are older? If so, what?
     
  2. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their feed can be bought with medicine in it, but no need to put anything in the water if they are fed properly.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yep, what Royal Hills said, if additional opinions might carry more weight [​IMG]

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  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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  5. jed1154

    jed1154 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are just on chick starter right now, whatever Purina sells. And they will be on that or whatever is available locally. Thats why i was asking about supplements. I guess it has everything they need.
     
  6. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best supplement is free. Let them catch some bugs!
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, chick starter/grower will have everything they need. I thought you were wondering if there was anything ELSE you could do for them. AviaCharge 2000 for chickens is like humans taking a daily multivitamin supplement. No, we don't "need" it to survive, but it helps with immunity, and gives them everything else they may possibly need. In most cases, you're probably fine without it.
     
  8. jed1154

    jed1154 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it seems like when i was younger, for show birds, we suplpemented their water with something like electrolytes or something.
     
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    It's dangerous to supplement with electrolytes unless they have been stressed or ill - it's not recommended otherwise. [​IMG]
     

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