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Apple Cider Vinegar

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by happyhens, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Is apple cider vinegar mixed with the water enough for coccidiosis prevention? I am getting an order of chicks from Cackle, and I was hoping I wouldn't need to vaccinate or feed medicated feed, if I can get away with it. I have lost a couple of leghorns in the past to what I think was coccidiosis, I bought them from another person as just started laying pullets and none of the other chickens seemed to be affected by it. Maybe it wasn't coccidiosis, but I am pretty sure it was. I don't want my new chickens to get it, but I also would rather not give uneeded medications. Also, will it help with worm prevention as well? And what should the apple cider vinegar to water ratio be for chicks up to full grown birds? I had a three gallon galvanized waterer for my last chickens, but it has a hole rusted through it, so I am planning to buy some plastic waterers just so I can give them apple cider vinegar water w/o rusting the metal.
  2. 54Belair

    54Belair In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    I cant really answer most of your questions but I can tell ya I have always given cider vineger to my birds and never lost any to Cocci, at least that I know of.
    I usually have coon wars.
    Here is a tip on the waterer.
    5 gallon plastic pail with lid.
    Drill 1 1/2inch hole at the TOP of the pail just below the lid.
    Get a plastic round planter base.
    Fill the bucket with water snap on the lid
    turn upside down and it will auto fill the waterer
    Works great:lol:https://www.backyardchickens.com/images/waterers/Waterer3a-Utah.jpg
    pic is from our own site right here.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2007
  3. dwa

    dwa In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2007
    How much Apple Cider Vinegar do you use per gallon?

  4. 54Belair

    54Belair In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    CAP ful for 5 gallons is what I use
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Is apple cider vinegar mixed with the water enough for coccidiosis prevention

    ...simple answer...NO. Save your self the heartache and use medicated starter...if you are against this then I would suggest having the med for treatment onhand as cocci is such a common occurence.​

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