A home-made solution
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