My friend has raised chickens for several years - she adds sugar to her chickens' water. If I've ever heard of this, I've forgotten and my hubby's mom doesn't know about it either. I've searched google and DG for info and have not located a single thing. If there is such a thread, please direct me. What would be the purpose of the sugar and how much should be added? TIA!!
From what I've understood, adding sugar to the water is recommended
after day old chicks have been shipped, to help them get past the rough ride thru the postal system.
Other than that, I've never heard of it either. My chicks seem to do just fine with just plain water.
what peggie said is correct, the sugar is for day old chicks.
however, i have been participating in a group study with guineas and other fowl, and we are using this in our water:
Apple Cider Vinegar [as unfiletered or organic as possible]
Minced garlic, or whole cloves
You put the garlic IMMEDIATELY into the ACV, to infuse it's properties. Let it site overnight. About 1-2 cloves per liter. then add the mixture to their water! About an ounce per cup of water, or 1-2 cups per gallon.
They will love it, as soon as they get accustomed to it! You will see increased vigor, improved health and immune system. Also, i found that mice don't care for the water [the smell] and therefore have nothing to drink, AND therefore don't pee in the birds water, which can spread disease. I don't think birds can smell well, but they sure like the taste!!!