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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Glenda Heywoodo, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Songster

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Glenda Heywood
    I am firm believer that Apple Cider Vineager with the "brown mother" in it;
    Is very beneficial for your chickens and healthy eggs.

    Here is a article I found very helpful.

    Stockhealth Double Strength Apple Cider Vinegar

    While the efficacy of Apple Cider Vinegar in ruminants as a tonic has not been extensively studied, research into its use with poultry has revealed definitive health benefits. The apple cider causes an alkaline effect in the animal which reduces the likelihood of illness and helps fight existing maladies by helping to support the immune system.

    Apple Cider Vinegar is full of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It helps to lower the pH level in the stomach, helping digestion and making it a less friendly for harmful pathogens.

    Specialist poultry researchers at the University of Arkansas have run trials on the use of products like ACV in the water of broiler (chickens raised for meat) production systems, to reduce pH levels.
    Previous research has shown that if the pH of the crop (basically the first part of the chicken's stomach) was lowered close to a pH of 4 (acid), it creates an environment that was inhospitable to undesirable microbes, particularly nasty bacterias.

    Results from a number of trials found no significant differences in the level of water consumption, weight gain, feed conversion or livability between chickens tested on water varying from pH3 to pH5. The birds who consumed water with a lower ph did however record a similarly low pH in their crops, but not in the gizzard - as was expected due to the natural secretions of hydrochloric acid in the gizzard evening out the pH to normal.

    Scientists involved reached the conclusion that chickens are very tolerant of a wide range of pH levels in their water, and that by lowering the pH of the water using sodium bisulfate, they could lower the pH of the bird's crop.

    The use of Apple Cider Vinegar in the water supply of your chickens once a month should help to prevent bacteria building up in the crop of your birds.

    Stockhealth provides 2 variants of their apple cider vinegar product suitable for your farm animals - Traditional Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar with Garlic. Research shows that garlic essential oil can help to ensure the health of your stock by working as an effective preventative and possible a curative for the treatment of external parasites.

    There are also results from research at Clemson University which demonstrate that the addition of garlic into the birds' feed can reduce the odour of the chicken's manure without affecting the taste of the eggs produced

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