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Vitamins and Electrolytes Plus

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cherylcohen, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. All the time

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  2. During times of stress only

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  3. During winter

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  4. During molt only

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  5. Twice a week

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  6. Twice a month

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  7. During summer

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  8. It can't hurt them

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  1. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    As reccomended by my breeder I have been using Vitamins & Electrolytes Plus by Agrilabs. It's fabulous tons of great things for my girls. I've been adding this to my girls water after I had two die from Meraks (I of course know this won't help any of them survive Meraks, but I wanted to make sure they can be the healthiest they can be).

    I noticed tonight when cleaning the waterers that the V & E plus has effected the metal container, in that there is a discoloring of the metal at the top. I plan to call Agrilabs tomorrow but wondered if anyone had experience with this.

    Also does anyone feel strongly that you should or should not add vitamins & electrolytes to their diet?

    some facts... I have 10 fabulous girls, they live in a hen house of 36 sq feet, a covered run of 64 sq feet and an enclosed but only covered by netting run with sod and sand of 112 sq feet. They get organic purina pellets, sunflowers, oyster shell, daily handful of scratch, treats of grapes/greens/etc. Ages from 18 week to 26 weeks. Only one laying so far.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009
  2. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Voted "null" because "never" was not a choice.
     
  3. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give it to mine 3 days a week
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should never put any kind of medication in a metal container. The medication can react with the metal and cause them to change.

    No, electrolytes/vitamins are a drug. Drugs should not be given on a full time basis. Fat soluable vitamins can build up in the fat and become toxic. Minerals help keep the organs running smoothly, a build up of minerals can cause cardiac problems and make the kidneys work over time trying to rid the body of the build up.
     
  5. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    You should never put any kind of medication in a metal container. The medication can react with the metal and cause them to change.

    No, electrolytes/vitamins are a drug. Drugs should not be given on a full time basis. Fat soluable vitamins can build up in the fat and become toxic. Minerals help keep the organs running smoothly, a build up of minerals can cause cardiac problems and make the kidneys work over time trying to rid the body of the build up.
     
  6. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    You should never put any kind of medication in a metal container. The medication can react with the metal and cause them to change.

    No, electrolytes/vitamins are a drug. Drugs should not be given on a full time basis. Fat soluable vitamins can build up in the fat and become toxic. Minerals help keep the organs running smoothly, a build up of minerals can cause cardiac problems and make the kidneys work over time trying to rid the body of the build up.
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    cherylcohen, please check your PMs.
     
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was an option, I would have voted "never" in the poll. I don't think there should be anything in my chickens water other than water. If I think my chickens need vitamins or some other nutritional booster, I'd add it to their feed, because food is where nature designed nutrition to come from (not water).
     

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