Why is iron bad for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MoodyChicken, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone keeps saying "poly-vi-sol with NO IRON." Is iron bad for chicks? Don't they need it? Is it only bad in excess? I know that too much iron can cause heart problems, is this why I should not offer extra iron to chicks?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My understanding is that they can't eliminate it from their systerms well and it could reach toxic levels.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It is very easy to overdose human children with iron; I would imagine the same might be true for baby chicks, only the margin of error would be miniscule due to their tiny size?

    Pat
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! In the past I've fed my chicks a vitamin supplement that had iron. There were no adverse affects. Apparently it was at a safe level for them. I'll have to compare that to the the Poly-vi-sol, it might also be safe. Thanks again!
     
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iron, in proportion to the size of the patient, is fine. However, human children's vitamins are meant for children from ~6-40 pounds. So the iron contained in those vitamins is dosed in the product accordingly. That would be WAY too much for a chick that weighs a few ounces. Poultry vitamin products are dosed for poultry. Therefore it's ok that they have iron in them.
     

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