Originally published on Facebook February 2012 and a part of JFA chicken care since 2008. In addition our formula was published by http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/trauma-electrolytes/ July 2014.
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(This recipe for Electrolyte recipe was provided by our veterinarian. we use it any time there is a need for stabilizing chicks or chickens, but this will also work for other animals. Make up the batch in quantities as needed)
1 Cup Water
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
Small jar with Lid
Measuring cup and measuring spoons
In a cup of tap water that has sat for 24 hours, add all the dry ingredients. Stir well with whisk. Pour into a small jar and tighten the lid.
Chicken Coop Chatter©Electrolytes are important for any stresses. The body requires electrolytes for every part and every cell to function properly. This is a handy recipe you can make up and use as needed.
Any time chickens have been stressed from a predator attack, illness, heat, hypothermia or injury, it is important to start a regimen of electrolytes to help balance their system. Just as with humans, that become ill and in the hospital, a regimen of electrolytes is started to help stabilize their system. You can purchase electrolytes in the baby section of grocery stores, however this recipe is intended for those emergency situations where the stores may be closed or you have no opportunity to just run to a store to make the purchase.
Simply pour the FULL strength electrolyte solution into the regular empty waterers, and use as needed. After 3 or 4 days return to using their regular water ration.
Always isolate stressed or injured chickens away from the general flock. Pet carriers work well and can be placed in an area that is convenient for administering care.
Keep the chickens warm and out of drafts. Preferably in a quiet area, so they are not further stressed by unfamiliar noises. Treat as needed. Trauma and stress can and will kill chickens, so it is important to treat them as needed.
It is wise to keep electrolytes in your emergency kit. You can easily put all the dry ingredients into a glass jar with tight fitting lid then just add water in an emergency, so it is always ready as needed. Or have a purchased electrolyte solution in that emergency kit.
We can't always prevent predators, illnesses or injuries but we can be prepared to deal with situations that come up in an emergency situation.
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