How to Make Electrolytes for Birds

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Electrolytes for Poultry

If you’ve been following our hatch progress on Facebook, you’ll know we’ve had quite some trouble this time around. Thankfully, despite the disastrous conditions, we only lost one duckling who pipped in the middle of the night and died by morning. Although I hate to lose any, I really didn’t think any would make it. Honestly, they shouldn’t have made it.  Yet we have four beautiful ducklings.

Electrolytes are something you should have on hand. This water-soluble solution is perfect for heat stress, dehydration, illness, general stress and more.

Since these little guys went through so much in the hatching process, I’ve got them on electrolytes to help give them a bit of a boost. Electrolytes are just one of the things that you should have in your Poultry First Aid Kit. This water-soluble solution is perfect for heat stress, dehydration, illness, general stress and more.

Commercial Electrolytes

Although there are quite a few on the market, I prefer Sav-a-Chick. It’s pre-measured, it’s easy to find, it’s made for poultry specifically, and contains vitamins A, E, D, C and seven B vitamins. The only things I don’t love about it is that if you are dealing with a large flock, it’s a lot of packets to open. Also, it tends to stain light-colored/plastic water containers.

Sav-A-Chick is premeasured, it's easy to find, it's made for poultry specifically, and contains vitamins A, E, D, C and seven B vitamins.

DIY Electrolyte Solutions

Recipe #1 My absolute favorite.

  • 2 c. Warm Water
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar, Honey or Molasses (I prefer molasses)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix ingredients together and swirl until ingredients have dissolved. If you have a baby or toddler in the house, you can add a few drops (3-4) of their Polyvisol vitamins (A, B, D). Keep solution refrigerated. This solution can be use full strength or diluted.

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Recipe #2 Not my favorite, but works in a pinch.

  • 1 c. Warm Water
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix ingredients together and swirl until dissolved. Add 1 cup of electrolyte solution for every 1 gallon of water.

Emergency Recipe

In an emergency, Gatorade or Pedialyte may be used. Do not use these regularly as they are higher in sodium and contain more sugars than the above mentioned solutions.

So mix up a batch of electrolytes or have a baggie with the dry ingredients pre-measured so you can have it on hand if the need arises.

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Electrolytes are something you should have on hand. This water-soluble solution is perfect for heat stress, dehydration, illness, general stress and more.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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