How much ACV to put in water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by newchickmom09, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    I have been ready that you can put apple cider vinegar in the chickens water to help keep it clean. How much do you all put in your water containers? [​IMG]
  2. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use 1-2 Tablespoons per gallon of water. Make sure that you have a plastic, not galvanized, waterer.
    My birds love the stuff.

    Have fun!

  3. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    Why not a metal galvanized waterer? [​IMG]
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Quote:The acid in it will take the galvanize off and rot out the waterer. Plastic is the best. Can be used with ACV,meds,vitamins and easily cleans well with bleach to disinfect. good luck Will
    p.s. it's amazing the cost for metal waterers and if you use ACV they are a waste. One of the few things where older isn't better.
  5. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    They say it breaks down the metal.
  6. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    [​IMG] That is good to know, since we have a metal waterer and a metal feeder that is painted.

    What are the health benifits from putting acv in there water?
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There are several health benefits. It is a probiotic, for one, which helps them develop good gut flora. It also helps you, because it inhibits algae growth in the waterer. A quick search on here will turn up lots of threads on its benefits.

    The reason for not putting it in galvanized waterers is that it leaches zinc (I think it's zinc, anyway) out of the metal to the point that it can be toxic for them.

    I have mostly read to use between 1 tsp and one Tbsp per gallon. Truth is, I slosh a little in, probably around 1 tsp.

    It needs to be the organic version, by the way. Bragg's is a brand commonly found in grocery stores. The benefits come from the organic version, which has the mother, which is the beneficial organisms.

    It's good for people, too.
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  8. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    [​IMG] Thank you for all of that. I didn't know anything about acv in there waterers. [​IMG]
  9. craftyharper

    craftyharper New Egg

    Jul 29, 2009
    You can 'make' your own, from the cheap ACVs from the store, I've been doing it for a while now.

    Buy a bottle of the 'good stuff', like Braggs and buy a big jug of 'Heinz' or the store brand (the gallon size or larger). Pour out about 1 cup of the 'cheep' stuff and pour in your 1 cup of the 'good' stuff.

    I forgot how long you're supposed to let it set for... if you do a search at you'll be able to find more info.
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Just a good word for ACV...

    Twice when I have had ducks acting "off" (puffed up, not eating, looking overall BLECH) I have added ACV (Braggs) to their water. Both times they were 100% the next day.

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