1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Zyndyna, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Zyndyna

    Zyndyna New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Aug 6, 2012
    I read some where about putting Apple Cider Vinegar in the water to use as a dewormer? But that it had to be organic. First off I cant find organic apple cider vinegar, secondly how do you know if your chickens have worms or is it more of a preventive measure? We are new to having chickens and havent had our flock a year yet. Any thoughts or advice will be appreciated.
     
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,122
    42
    143
    Sep 1, 2012
    South Central WI
    I think its more of a preventive messure, or maybe to treat mild cases. I think the organic stuff is sold at most large grocery stores....my mom buys it sometime....she says its really healthy for you and puts it in fruit smoothies....yuck.! Its very acidic though.
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    5,892
    697
    326
    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    It has to be raw not organic. It's the unfiltered or raw apple cider vinegar, cloudy stuff.
     
  4. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,671
    62
    226
    Mar 30, 2012
    SE Missouri
    A lot of ppl on BYC swear by apple cider vinegar.
    It doesnt absolutely HAVE to be organic.
    .Supposedly has all kinds of nutritional value to it.
    I think the jury is out on if it deworms.No real proof but what can it hurt?
    Maybe it does, its acidic.
    Possibly the acid does keep the eggs from hatching,. Just put a teaspoon in a gallon of their water.Not a ton of it.Some ppl say more than that but thats what i use.

    Mine love it and maybe it is good for them too .... cant hurt.

    Worms ...not sure... Mine have never had worms so dont know how you tell. I guess see in their poo like dogs and cats?
     
  5. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    What you want is Unpastureized, unfiltered with "Mother" of vinegar in it. It does not de-worm, but helps build up immune systems. I put a tiny dash in my water, not bad, like drinking a dry wine in some ways. It is good for you and good for your chickens, great as in salad dressings too...There are a couple of brands, Wal-mart carries Heinz and a lot of other grocery stores carry Braggs.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    11,005
    419
    328
    Jun 1, 2009
    Ohio
    No type of vinegar will work as a dewormer.

    Chris
     
  7. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2.....thing is to keep them healthy to keep the worm population from overwhelming them. I use 1 TBS per gallon in their drinking water.
     
  8. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,122
    42
    143
    Sep 1, 2012
    South Central WI
    wait...whats the difference between raw and organic???
     
  9. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Organic might mean that no chemicals etc were used in raising the apples.....and would not neccissarily mean that it is 'raw' the things to look for is that it contains "mother of vinegar", it is unfiltered and unpasturized.
     
  10. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,923
    84
    178
    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    Raw means it hasn't been cooked in any way ... organic is a gardening method that doesn't use pesticides. We've noticed using the vinegar makes their poop a lot less smelly than it was and it's also more solid. Other than that ... we haven't noticed anything different.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by