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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:09 pm 
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Hi all,

We are trying to work out roughly how much water a 4-6 week old chick would drink in a day. We want to dose some medication in the water while we are away for a few days and need to work out how much to add.

any ideas?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:25 pm 
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What sort of medication is it? Some break down if exposed to heat, light or air and need to be made up fresh each day.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:58 pm 
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It's vitamin E and selenium.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:29 pm 
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Hmmm. How much does a chook drink? this varies depending on temperature, activity level and type of diet - there is no simple answer.
I have some concerns about adding a long term dose of Vit E and selenium to water as most E formulations are oil based and will float on the water surface - risking initial over dose as the bird drinks from the top of the water container.
Are you using this for a specific treatment (eg wry neck) or as a general supplement/tonic?
Most vitamin and mineral supplements are best given as part of a fully balanced formula. Perhaps a product such as 'Peck a Block' might work better while you are away as your chick will tend to self medicate with this as needed.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:53 am 
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Yes it's for wry neck. We have bought a water soluble vitamin E for the purpose. It gives us a dose rate of 4 grams per 400mls of water, so that one is fine, but we only have a daily dose for the selenium.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:35 am 
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I don't know much about Selenium, except that it is toxic if overdosed. I would tend to not use it if you are only be gone for a couple of days.


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