Apple cider vinegar? Why? What concentration do you use?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by minnesotachicken, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. minnesotachicken

    minnesotachicken In the Brooder

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    I keep seeing to put apple cider vinegar with the water but have not seen the reason for it.

    If you use it, how much do you use?
     
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

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    I have heard it said that it keeps the girls worm free and helps keep then healthy. It also keeps algea out of the wateres. Someone said one teaspoon per gallon but I have to put about a quarter cup in my 5 gallon waterer to keep the algea from growing..... I use it on a weekly basis.... not every time I fill the waterers....
     
  3. kybeagle

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    I was told to use 1 tablespoon/gallon and it takes care of the algea fine. Also, it is good for the digestive system of the chicken!
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium. It will normalize pH levels in the stomach, improve digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.
    A few more benefits of Oral Apple Cider Vinegar are:
    • Reduces intestinal and fecal odors.
    • Aids in digestion.
    • Helps to break down minerals and fats.
    • Assists the animal to assimilate proteins.
    • Assists the animal to convert food better.
    • It lowers the pH of the digestive tract which
    will make an environment less welcoming
    to pathogens therefore will reduce common
    infections and increases resistance to disease.
    • Improves stamina and fertility.
    • It is a great overall tonic that will improve the general well being of the animal.
    If started while Birds are young (1-1/2 to 2weeks), birds
    • Will feather out quicker.
    • Are hardier.
    • Grow to their potential sooner when used with an adequate feed.
    I find the meat is also leaner due to the fats being converted quicker.
    Cautions:
    Do not use metal water dishes (except stainless steal).
    Vinegar should not be used internally with animals that have an irritated lining of the intestinal tract.
    Add 1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to every 4 fl ozs of water, or 1/8-1/4 cup per gallon of water.


    Chris
     
  5. minnesotachicken

    minnesotachicken In the Brooder

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    Wow! Thanks! I will start using it! Thats awesome that it keeps the algae away..... I've been scrubbing away!
     
  6. FF

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    Hello. Is this just any regular ole wlamart apple cider vinegar? Sorry if this is off topic Minnestoachicken. Thanks for all the replys.
     
  7. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    No, it's the apple cider vinegar with the 'mother' in it, it will say that on the label
    Look for Braggs' Apple Cider Vinegar, AMazon sells if for $15 per gallon with .99 shipping, GREAT deal
    I use one tablesppon per gallon of water - EVERYONE comments on how good the girls look, I say it's from the ACV
     
  8. FF

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    Thanks Jersey girl. Could I use just regular applecider vinegar too?
     
  9. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    I have been putting ACV in the waterers for a couple of weeks now, and the chicks don't seem to mind. I know the bottle of ACV says it does not need to be refrigerated, but I was wondering if I could keep the bottle out in my coop once it's done. It'll be much more convenient to keep the ACV in the coop, but it's been hitting triple digit heat here the past week. If the heat will inadvertantly effect The Mother it's not really worth the convenience. Anyone know??

    Thanks,

    Rachel
     
  10. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    Quote:It needs to have the 'mother' in it - anything without won't serve the same purpose
     

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