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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:21 pm 
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I have been told to boil some water and stick some molasses in it to warm the girls up (, in winter only )

but I am wondering how much to put in the water.

my plan is to boil the water in some molasses, put in a bowl in the fridge to cool down before giving to the girls.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:53 am 
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This link will take you to one of the large poultry feed producers web site information on molasses

http://www.riverina.com.au/products/molasses/

From reading this I would limit the molasses to 1% so around 10mL of molasses per litre of water.

Add to much and they will get diarrhoea.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:48 pm 
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If it's just to warm them up, warm water for their mash will do that without molasses. As the link says, too much molasses will make poultry scour. Teaspoon to a litre of warm water is plenty, it dissolves easily, no need to boil the water. Does not need to be with a mash - you can dissolve a teaspoon-full in a cup of warm water and mix it through a half-bucket of dry wheat, it will just damp-coat the grain for the chooks.

Using it as a drinking water additive isn't great, it just helps the bacteria in the water (feeds on sugar to grow mould).

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