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Purpose of ACV?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mike32, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Mike32

    Mike32 Songster

    May 16, 2009
    Pecos, NM
    What is the reason for adding ACV to to the water? I've been curious as to why this is done but haven't found the answer yet. Thanks

  2. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I've been adding it to reduce algae. It may be working because my waterer doesn't seem slimy and it's definitely not green when I change water in it. I changed it every 3 or 4 days. It is in the coop though, so out of the direct sun.

    eta: it's supposed to have health benefits too, especially if you use the kind with the mother in it.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  3. zekii

    zekii Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Can ACV used in place of bleach to clean poultry feeders, waters ... etc ?
    I know vinegar can be used has a household cleaner, and it's more natural than chemical cleaners !

  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    It is said that -
    Apple Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium. It will normalize pH levels in the stomach, improve digestion and the assimilation of nutrients.
    A few more benefits of Oral Apple Cider Vinegar are:
    *Reduces intestinal and fecal odors.
    *Aids in digestion.
    *Helps to break down minerals and fats.
    *Assists the animal to assimilate proteins.
    *Assists the animal to convert food better.
    *It lowers the pH of the digestive tract which
    will make an environment less welcoming
    to pathogens therefore will reduce common
    infections and increases resistance to disease.
    *Improves stamina and fertility.
    *It is a great overall tonic that will improve the general well being of the animal.
    If started while Birds are young (1-1/2 to 2weeks), birds
    *Will feather out quicker.
    *Are hardier.
    *Grow to their potential sooner when used with an adequate feed.
    I find the meat is also leaner due to the fats being converted quicker.

    Do not use metal water dishes (except stainless steal).
    Vinegar should not be used internally with animals that have an irritated lining of the intestinal tract.
    Add 1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to every 4 fl ozs of water, or 1/8-1/4 cup per gallon of water in 3 to 4 day intervals.

    Also I would not use at the same time with a commercial wormer. On some commercial wormer it will have one funky chemical reaction with ACV...
    Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Unopened, it will keep indefinitely; once opened it will keep about 6 months.

  5. Mike32

    Mike32 Songster

    May 16, 2009
    Pecos, NM
    Thanks Chris, that's the information I was looking for.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009

  7. In commercial monogastric (chickens and pigs) livestock production organic acids are used to accomplish three things when either added to the water or feed:

    1) Improve digestion by reducing hte pH in the hind gut.
    2) Improving gut health by reducing the pH in the hind gut to a point below which deliterious bacteria proliferate
    3) Sanitizing agent


  8. Spoiled1_629

    Spoiled1_629 In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Midland, TX
    Ok... I have a Double wall galvanized waterer. Can I add ACV to it?
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    No. Never use vinegar or any other kind of acidic supplement in metal waters. Non-metal only.

    Other than reducing algae accumulation I am not convinced vinegar of any type does anything in particular for poultry.

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