Buy it… or Make Your Own, Here’s How…
When temperatures reach 100° F or above, chickens have difficulty maintaining proper body temperature. Heat stress is dangerous and could even take the life of your chickens. Here’s how to help them beat the heat using electrolytes.
Option #1: Buy it…
Mix this in with your flock’s water during periods of stress, high heat, or reduced feed intake.
Not only does it contain vitamins and electrolytes, but also the beneficial probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus facium.
One package is enough for a whopping 128 gallons of water! 4 oz.
Directions for Use…
WATER: 1/8 tsp per gallon of water for daily use, and up to 1/4 tsp per gallon when flock is stressed and needs an extra boost, such as in illness or in heat waves. Solution must be tossed after 24 hours. Use for a period of 3-5 days.
Option #2: Make Your Own / Home Remedy Electrolytes Recipe
1/2 teaspoon salt substitute
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
√ Mix in a 1 gallon water container.
This recipe is for dehydrated chickens only and should be given during extreme temperatures a few hours during the hottest part of the day for a period of 5 to 7 days.
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