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PostSubject: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:44 pm

any lads use the horse salt licks for their birds ...especially now we are in the breeding season
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:54 pm

I think ray used these a couple of seasons ago, and in his opinion caused his birds problems.......maybe he will give his views on it .
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:04 pm

had 1 in the loft for about a month now david I think its very important for the birds but if they gorge on it they can die the one I have is very compressed so they cant only take a little at any given time ...also the kirpatricks black mineral has a good sodium content
which I also use ...just dab yer finger in the mineral and taste you soon see what I mean ...in previous years breeding the birds always seemed to be searching for something but not this year ...its the salt/sodium they were after
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:11 pm

I use horse lick have done for quiet some time I have herd that some get problems with them I havent so cant say to much about that except if you put them in for the first time limite them to one hour then take it out cos if your birds take too much at once it can make them sick or even die if they eat too much what I will say is mine have got it 24/7 mine has had it for years so they take what they need
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:15 pm

yes this is what happened with ray, it firmed the droppings up but one of his hens died, which I think he put down to the salt....
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:16 pm

good post ginger yes I agree with you m8 ...some put table salt in the loft and if the birds have been starved of salt they gorge on it and then you got problems with overdose of sodium
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:34 pm

In fact I got some more today but couldnt get the one I usely get the one that looks like a brick this one is just like a lump of cristal will have to keep an eye on them.
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:41 pm

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In fact I got some more today but couldnt get the one I usely get the one that looks like a brick this one is just like a lump of cristal will have to keep an eye on them.

yes the one I am using is a brick shape not the salt crystal
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:06 am

David wrote:
yes this is what happened with ray, it firmed the droppings up but one of his hens died, which I think he put down to the salt....

Accidents can/do happen David  Smile  Smile at times when one try's new things etc with our birds. One can always debate the use of any substance type of thing, that we may give our birds. But !!!!! Salt or iodized salt & iodine are part of the building blocks of life & both are a neccessity for the health of our birds, in my view. But neither of them should be abused. I use iodized table salt for the most part in all my lofts 24/7/52 & the vitamin tonic I give the birds also has iodine in it, so between them two etc I have never really seen any cause for alarm over the years.  cheers
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:42 pm

We use the Cattle one out here; prob the same thing has the horse ?; main thing not to let them get to damp ;has they then tend to gorge on them ; & there lies the problem ; not has Dangerest has the Rock Salt if that gets too wet ;they Gorge & die ; cheers
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:38 am

I put a teaspoon of sea salt in with the grit every 3rd day or so.
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:43 am

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I put a teaspoon of sea salt in with the grit every 3rd day or so.

Sounds OK to me CC  Smile Smile a lot more minerals in sea salt than plain salt for what I understand. I've never had any qualms also etc about putting a heaped teaspoon of salt in a bucket of water, then into the troughs in the hot weather down here. Differant strokes  Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes  Wink  Wink for differant folks. The main thing is, that the birds get a adequate supply of salt in there system.  cheers
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:12 am

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I put a teaspoon of sea salt in with the grit every 3rd day or so.
Simple enough CC Smile Smile I just wonder how the purist types etc would equate that to the electrolite issue Hal mentioned here today etc. Also, Himalayan salt by my understanding Wink Wink for some, could well be worth a google for the knowledge factor could I suggest here. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: salt/sodium   Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:22 am

its a strange one oz as when feeding the birds crave salt if its not in the loft the birds are searching as though they are at a loss ...in goes the salt and they seem content again
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