ACV in water for caged birds?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by openheartnp, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. openheartnp

    openheartnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I add apple cider vinegar to my chickens water, but should I be adding it to the parakeet and cockatiels water? If so, how much?

    When i search this, it just gave me info in chickens not caged birds.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

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    If you looked online and didnt find anything then i wouldnt put any in their water.
     
  3. Tippler

    Tippler Out Of The Brooder

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    I add ACV to my Pigeons at a tbls per gallon. I have heard of people adding it to Budgies but not how much to do.
    Someone says he sprays it on seeds he germinates for them.
    He says the seeds have more nutrition once germinated.
    I will see if I can find it.
     
  4. openheartnp

    openheartnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Corbin, I have had caged birds for years but haven't been on a forum with them.

    I add a tablespoon per gallon for my chickens.

    I looked online but didn't do a full search, so i may have missed the thread.
     
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    The only problem I see with it is the birds might not drink the water. If you do it, I would be sure to give them a choice of water with and without, at least until you know they are definitely drinking the ACV water.
     
  6. openheartnp

    openheartnp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. that's the last thing I need to happen.
     
  7. Chicky-dees

    Chicky-dees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fill me in - why apple cider vinegar in water for indoor birds?
     
  8. Poultrybonkers

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    Quote:One another forum they said

    ACV should not be used as a preventative, which is often why it is put in the water. people often use it as a preventative for yeast infections. but what happens when they do this is that they just make the yeast immune to the ACV so when the bird does get a yeast infection, ACV will not work to clear it up. so best not to do it. if you bird does get a yeast infection, you can put 3-4 drops in their drinking water to get rid of the yeast. how it works is that its acidic enough to break down the yeast off the crop walls. also, the constant use of it can also cause digestive problems like ulcers (because its not good too feed acidic food regularly like that). best used as a treatment, not a preventative


    however, if your bird gets a yeast infection, after you use the ACV, its best to give your bird probiotics a week afterwards. ACV will clean the body of the good bacteria too. Which will leave the body open to infection. Probiotics boost the body's good bacteria to give a stronger defense against infection. This way you prevent your bird from getting reinfected or infected with something worse. so after any antibiotic treatments or ACV its important to give probiotics for a week later. Plain yogurt is a natural probiotic or you can get the powdered stuff to sprinkle on their food.
     
  9. Chicky-dees

    Chicky-dees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    interesting!! Thanks!
     
  10. AnimalQuackers

    AnimalQuackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LATE to this thread - found it doing a search for ACV for another reason.

    We have pet birds - have for years - from finches to an Umbrella Cockatoo, and just about everything in between (conures, doves, canaries, parakeets, cockatiels, parrots)...

    We add ACV to their water daily at the rate of 1 tablespoon to 1 gallon of water. Four times a year we increase to 3 tablespoons/1 gallon x ten days, then follow with probiotics in the water x ten days....then back to 1 tablespoon/1 gallon.

    We have been doing this for years, as have many of our parrot-guardian friends. It was actually suggested to us by several local vets.

    Michelle in Massachusetts
     

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