Chicken Recovery Fluid – Home-made electrolyte drink

A Handy Hint – An electrolyte solution from store cupboard staples

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If a chicken is suffering dehydration, for example due to an extended bout of diarrhoea, or recovering from a heavy worm infestation, then essential minerals can be leached from the body. The health and wellbeing of the chicken can be dependent upon these minerals, and it is important they are replaced in order to enable a rapid recovery.

Pre-mixed electrolyte powders and solutions are available off the shelf however did you know it’s possible to mix together your own from ingredients found in the home? Take a gallon/8 pints of water (4.55 litres) and mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar (sucrose), 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), 1 teaspoon of salt (sodium chloride) and half a teaspoon of Lo Salt/Salt Substitute (potassium chloride). Give it a good mix until everything is dissolved and then it’s ready to offer to the chicken in place of normal drinking water for 5 hours, before replacing with regular water. This should be repeated for 5-7 days, and then return to using normal drinking water only by which time the chicken should be showing signs of improvement

It’s a handy thing to remember if the feed store is some distance away, or the need arises outside of normal business hours.

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