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Two questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickyKitty85, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. ChickyKitty85

    ChickyKitty85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two questions, with it being so hot do I need to add electrolytes or anything extra to my chickens water to make sure they stay healthy? And if so what kind of electrolytes can I use? I know you can buy the packets of stuff but it's quite a drive for me to a feed store, can I use gatorade? Or pickle juice?
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you live and what breeds do you have?

    I live in ND, it gets 90+ most days in July and early August. I just make sure my birds have cool water, plenty of shade, and can dust bath. I replace their water 4 times a say yo keep it cool.
     
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  3. ChickyKitty85

    ChickyKitty85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Live in TN and it's been pretty dang hot here, I have sex links and they have plenty of shade and have been changing the water several times a day. Just want to make sure that there's not more I should be doing! [​IMG]
     
  4. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can add electrolytes if you want. If they don't need it I wouldn't though.

    Just my preference though.
     
  5. ECMurray

    ECMurray Out Of The Brooder

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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is personal preference of course, but for hot weather care - fresh clean cold water a couple of times a day, shade and a few cold/frozen treats would be best.

    I would save the electrolytes until they are needed.
     
  7. ChickyKitty85

    ChickyKitty85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I always worry that I'm not doing enough for them!
     
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    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Fresh cold water is best! Leave out the salt blends (electrolytes) and just add cold water, and maybe ice cubes and watermelon. Mary
     
  9. My recipe:
    Things you need:
    Veggies
    Water
    Freezer
    And a container

    Here's how to make it:
    Put water in a container,and put all the veggies in it and freeze it!
    Mine love it!
    Kyndra.
     

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