Vitamins and Electrolytes Plus

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

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  1. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    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.

  2. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I would think the discoloration is minerals -- iron, manganese and such precipitating out of the water. Similar to a toilet bowl ring. Probably normal for water with vitamins and such added.

    No I do not give supplemental vitamins. I use a quality feed and gove,em green grass to eat. Most of the extra vitamins you give them are probably not absorbed.
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I don't give supplemental vitamins either. For most vitamins, the body can only absorb a certain amount, and will expel what is not needed, however it is possible to overdose on some vitamins and actually cause health problems if too much is given. If they have a well-balanced diet, they should already get what they need and any supplemental vitamins provided are at best passed from the body and at worse, could lead to other health issues.
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    **Due to double posting, this topic is now closed. If you would like to post your opinions or reply, please do so here on this thread.

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