Originally Posted by Beer can
Gramma, I've never used ACV for chickens. I have a gallon of kinda homemade ACV, it's clear (clear as in not hazy it has cider color), no mold and definitely has the 'mother' in the bottom, can vinegar go bad? Looks like vinegar and smells like it. I don't know if I dare use it, but like you said, Bragg's is expensive, seems a shame to throw this away.
And sorry about your hen, what was she, pretty bird.
It shouldnt go bad with the mother in it ..you should be able to make more if you have mother
Does it smell strongly like alcohol sort of ? it is probably still good . as braggs has that kind of smell .
just a little different stronger smell than over the counter vinegar .
She was a mix - her momma was a olive egger / cuckcoo maran mix ...with the black splashes I think poppa was a Black Australorp
Originally Posted by shodack
Devona, I haven't used acv in the water, but I feed my chickens fermented feed, which I think is based on the same theory. Fermented feed is easier to digest, so the chickens get all the nutrients out of it instead of just a small percentage from dry feed. Poops are more solid and don't have much smell anymore, and I use about half of the feed I did when they were eating dry food. Check into it- there's a huge thread about it in the feed/water section of the forum.
I think newspaper as a bedding material can be trucky- it gets wet, slippery and then smelly quickly. Pine shavings have been great for me, from b roofer age. Straw will probably be the same, especially indoors. And sterile potting mix seems weird. And dirty!!
Gramma, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful chicken!!
You can use it ...it sure is cheep if you already have it ! ..it does not absorb real well .
I have used it for chicks until they start eating it -
Then I change it to something else ..if you got it ...try it ...see if you like it .
Straw or Shavings is fine too , i use natural stuff ....dry grass & leaves that I have gathered