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HELP??Apple Cider in chicks water??????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BrazellDazell, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. BrazellDazell

    BrazellDazell Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Has anyone heard of this? I get my very first chicks on Thursday! I have been all over BYC and Youtube trying to absorb as much info as I can. I watched a million videos on setting up a brooder, a couple of them mentioned Apple Cider Vinegar in the water to balance PH. Has anyone tried this? Is it necessary? Help!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    No it's not necessary. All they need is chick feed and water, and a brooder with some warmth, which I'm sure you've already taken care of.

    You can do a search and read the pros and cons of vinegar -- it is generally felt it needs to be organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) and you only use a little. There are a bunch of other things some people do, a little sugar in the water the first day, supplements, etc., etc., but none of it is necessary.

    Take a deep breath, check your brooder temp before the chicks arrive, be sure they have a cooler spot to escape to -- and enjoy!
     
  3. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got 3 new chicks last week and have done nothing out of the ordinary. I thought about adding ACV or sugar to the water, but my first batch of chick did just fine without.
     
  4. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use apple cider viniger and lemon juice. its an old wives tail viniger is a cure all cures everything to acid reflux to internal paricites, to keeps them from pecking on each other.
    i noticed that it keeps the slim down inside the water so i dont have to wash it as much and lemon juice is an anti bacterial i use it it doesnt hurt them and i take that extra precotion to keep them healthy and happy.
     
  5. BrazellDazell

    BrazellDazell Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! I'm so excited I am expecting 12 white crested blue polish, to be split with a friend of mine. Fingers crossed I'm so nervous!!
     
  6. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
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    good luck soo exciting!!
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I use ACV to keep the water clean. Babies drink so little that I find it gets slimy on the inside of the jar, so 2 tsp ACV per gal water and Voila! No slime. I use it in most of my waterers, just not metal ones. Saves oodles of cleaning time.

    Enjoy your new babies.
     

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