Apple cider vinegar with water nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nuts4hotwheels, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read all of the benefits of ACV for animals and humans and want to start giving it to my girls and taking it daily for my own health.

    I have 2 poultry water nipple mounted on a 3 gal bucket. I know that you should not use ACV in metal waterers because it will corrode them. Is it safe to use with the water nipple, because the tips are metal?
     
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    yes it is OK as the metal parts are stainless steel....
     
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like wasting the Apple cider vinegar every few days. How often you need to replace the water nipples system? Would it be safe for few weeks?
     
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Quote:I change all water daily.... did I mention daily? Water-fresh water is big time important to chickens. Least that is how we do it...
     
  5. CC1892

    CC1892 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read 1-2 tablespoons per gallon in a couple of different sources.
    I agree, wasting acv is an issue. So I only fill the waterer to one gallon then add the acv.
    If it looks clean the next day I leave it until about noon-then pour out the water on acid loving plants. (Yes, daily)
    I' m waiting for the chicken nipples I bought on ebay . I plan to do what this person did:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3179161
    The nipples are plastic and stainless steel- should be fine. I will use stainless fittings to replace the interior brass fittings, as seen on the link.


    I'm using 2 Clear Rubbermaid pitchers (Made in the USA Walmart 3.39, for inside the coop and outside in the run (2 nipples per pitcher)
    They will fit nicely in two locations where it will be easy for me to drop in ice on really hot days,
    and have enough room at the spout, to drop in a birdbath heater for winter use.
     
  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't like wasting the Apple cider vinegar every few days. How often you need to replace the water nipples system? Would it be safe for few weeks?

    My ACV treated water is delivered from a five gallon bucket thru PVC pipe into the run. I have three nipples screwed into the bottom of the PVC pipe and my five BO's use about 1 gallon a week. Since the ACV keeps algae from forming inside the bucket and I keep it covered so dirt and debris cannot get into it either there is no NEED for daily or even weekly cleaning. The system should never need replacing, but if I notice a stoppage in water flow I will take it down and clean it.​
     
  7. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My ACV treated water is delivered from a five gallon bucket thru PVC pipe into the run. I have three nipples screwed into the bottom of the PVC pipe and my five BO's use about 1 gallon a week. Since the ACV keeps algae from forming inside the bucket and I keep it covered so dirt and debris cannot get into it either there is no NEED for daily or even weekly cleaning. The system should never need replacing, but if I notice a stoppage in water flow I will take it down and clean it.

    I am doing my experience now, but with the copper penny to see if any algae grow. Will try the ACV next with/without copper pennies.
     
  8. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this ACV straight from the grocery store? Or, is there a special kind? If I'm using a one gallon waterer and I change the water each day should I add 2 tablespoons a day or every few days or? Thanks! Always trying to learn.
     
  9. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You supposedly need the organic kind with the 'mother' in it. The mother is cloudy. Some buy it at Kroger in the healthy food section (Bragg's brand). I bought it at GNC. It cost a little more at GNC but Kroger is a 25 min drive the opposite direction and the last time I was there, they were out of stock.

    eta: I put in 1 tbs per gallon of water.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  10. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, good to know! I'll make sure to get the organic variety. I can check Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Thank you!
     

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