Switchel for Chicks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by gr8bskt, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. gr8bskt

    gr8bskt Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2012
    Hi Peeps,

    I'm a newbie (7 months), and just got our first order of Cornish Xs. I'm wondering if switchel is ok to put in the chicks' water. It looks pretty close to the electrolyte packages, but I don't want to hurt the birds or lose our investment.

    Here's the recipe: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/switchel.htm

    What do yall think?
  2. gr8bskt

    gr8bskt Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2012
    Here's the ingredients for switchel. It looks pretty similar to the electrolyte mix, save the sodium. I usually omit the oats when I make it for the humans.

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (yes vinegar)
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/2 cup sugar or honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    1/2 cup oatmeal (optional)
    tap water to make 2 quarts
  3. Caribear

    Caribear Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2012
    Darke County, Ohio
    I may not be the best one to answer since I am new at chickens myself, but I would not give that to the chicks. I have heard that molasses gives chickens diarrhea. But I may be wrong. Hopefully someone with some more experience can answer better.
  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    I give them just plain water.... Don't make things more complicated than needed...

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