Originally Posted by Rhoise
Can ACV cause decrease in calcium absorbtion in pullets? I just had a pullet lay her first egg, it was soft and deformed? wondering if ACV could effect calcium levels?
A lot depends on who you talk to and what answers you will get but there are a few cons to feeding ACV including lowering potassium levels, decreased bone density, stomach problems, etc.
There are also cons in increasing acid levels with in the body and one of the them is decreased bone density (and soft egg shell in poultry),
The body tries to keep a balance of Calcium and Acid, the more acid that goes into the body the more calcium is needed to neutralize the acid. If the body does not take in enough calcium to balance the Ph of the body then the body will start to rob calcium for bones.
In the case with poultry if the acid levels in the body is to high the body will start rob calcium from bones and egg production in turn the poultry will start to lack both egg shell and bone density.
As for citracal,
Citracal is just Calcium Citrate which is a Calcium Salt from Citric Acid and does not contain a "acid".