A home-made so­lu­tion

Country Smallholding - - Poultry Pen -

Q

Is it pos­si­ble to make an elec­trolyte so­lu­tion from in­gre­di­ents found in the home to help a hen re­cover from de­hy­dra­tion?

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

It is pos­si­ble to mix your own from in­gre­di­ents found in the home. Sim­ply take 9.5 pints (4.55 litres) of wa­ter and add one ta­ble­spoon of sugar (su­crose), one tea­spoon of bak­ing soda (sodium bi­car­bon­ate), one tea­spoon of salt (sodium chlo­ride), and half a tea­spoon of salt sub­sti­tute (potas­sium chlo­ride).

Mix un­til dis­solved and then of­fer to the chicken in place of nor­mal drink­ing wa­ter for five hours, be­fore re­plac­ing with nor­mal drink­ing wa­ter. Re­peat this process for five to seven days and then re­in­state nor­mal drink­ing wa­ter com­pletely. By this point the chicken should be show­ing a marked re­cov­ery.

A home-made mix of elec­trolytes con­tains bak­ing soda and sugar

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