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It may be snowing outside right now, but that did not stop me from ordering a few baby chickens. Of course, I would choose a shipping date (scheduled weeks ago) when an arctic front would arrive! To ensure that they would have the best chance after 2 days of shipping in the cold weather we made homemade chicken electrolyte for them.
This homemade chicken electrolyte recipe can be used on baby chicks or grown chicks. I even give it to my goats and rabbits if they need it. Overall, it is really handy to have on hand for a number of reasons.
Why Give Chickens Electrolytes?
There is a variety of reasons to give chickens electrolytes. It can give them a boost of energy when they need it, and help keep them healthy.
Some reasons to give electrolytes
- Stress – moving chickens from one place to another, or other changes in their routine can cause stress.
- Weakness – Newly hatched chickens may be weak and need a little extra boost to get moving.
- Over Heating – Just like humans chickens can overheat and may need help rehydrating.
- Illness – Things like coccidia can cause diarrhea and may require more than just water to keep hydrated.
- Molting – I like to give my chickens electrolytes when molting just to help keep them energized and healthy.
Anytime something changes in the coop, or I see chickens acting a little “off” I add electrolytes to their water. It’s not going to hurt them, so why not?
Homemade Chicken Electrolyte Recipe
This recipe is super easy to make, and you can make as little or as much as you want. When stored in an airtight container in its powdered form, it can last for months.
What You Will Need:
- Baking Soda
- Potassium Chloride (optional)
Mix equal parts together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Add 4 TBSP per gallon of water and stir until dissolved.
About Potassium Chloride
Potassium chloride is often used in electrolyte drinks and can be found online or in many health food stores. While it is not necessary to add it to your homemade electrolytes, it does help. As a cheaper, easier to find alternative, Lo-Salt can be used as a substitution.
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