Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Glenda Heywoodo, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Apple Cider Vinegar : A Natural Way to Improve Your Chickens’ Health
    By snazzyc 

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    You probably already have some apple cider vinegar in your cupboard for things like salad dressings, homemade pickles and marinades and may have heard of its reported health benefits for those who include it in their diet, but did you know similar benefits can be given to your chickens as well?

    Apple cider vinegar is full of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and is also an anticeptic and mild antibiotic and can be a great tonic for chickens. You can find raw apple cider vinegar in health food stores, supermarkets and poultry supply stores. Some of the benefits of making use of apple cider vinegar around your flock and coop are :

    • An improvement in the digestive health of your chickens by maintaining proper pH balance in the digestive tract
    • Increase in egg production
    • It kills the bacteria that can cause respiratory illnesses

    • Keeps your chickens’ waterer and feeder disinfected and free of harmful bacteria and mildew
    • Eliminates mold, mildew, dust, and odors from your chicken coop when used as a cleaning agent
    • Repels flies and ants
    • Can also be used as an abrasive cleaner for difficult-to-clean surfaces.
    Giving your chickens apple cider vinegar directly.

    Adding apple cider vinegar directly to your chickens’ drinking water once or twice a week (or some will do one full week every month) can help to maintain digestive health by lowering the pH in their stomach.

    Because of that it also in theory makes your chicken a less agreeable host to internal parasites such as worms* and can act as an antiseptic, killing any harmful mucus or bacteria in the throat that can cause respiratory ailments.

    Perhaps as a result of these improvements to a chickens ability to fight off parasites and bacteria some people have observed that their chickens egg production has increased after using apple cider vinegar.

    * Do not use ACV at the same time as treating for internal parasites such as worms or coccidiosis.

    To add apple cider vinegar to your chickens’ water, preferably use the raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized vinegar, as this has more of the ‘good stuff’ left in.

    A general guideline would be to use four teaspoons of apple cider vinegar for each gallon of water, or one quart apple cider vinegar per fifty gallons but the ideal thing is to aim for a PH of 4/4.5 so if you can test your water to find out exactly how much avc your water would need that would be even better. Only use a non-metalic waterer when adding apple cider vinegar as metalic ones can be affected by the acid in the vinegar and rust and possibly also leech out metalic particles into the water.

    Using apple cider vinegar to clean your chicken coop, feeders, and waterers
    You can also use apple cider vinegar in and around the coop (and your house!) as a natural chemical-free cleaner. Chicken coop walls, floors, roof, windows, feeder, and waterer all need cleaning regularly and just a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar added to a spray bottle filled with water can be just the job. For cleaning purposes, any type of apple cider vinegar will work.

    To clean with apple cider vinegar, just use it as you would any other type of cleaner, spray any dirty surface with your solution, leave for a minute or two and then wipe clean with a cloth. As apple cider vinegar is an anticeptic frequent cleaning will disinfect any surface and help prevent mold, mildew, dust, and unpleasant odors from building up. It’s hard to prove one way or the other but I am also pretty certain that there have been less flies around since I started using apple cider vinegar around the coop.

    Using apple cider vinegar as an abrasive cleaner
    For a more abrasive cleaner mix apple cider vinegar with coarse sea salt to help safely rub off any build-up on more difficult to clean surfaces such as brooders, window panels and cages.
  2. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV

    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for chickens has had some very good press over the last ten years. There has been lots of research done where ACV has been added to one group of chicken’s water and the compared against the other ‘control’ group.
    Cider Vinegar for chickens is acidic and it is this acidity that means ACV is a mild anticeptic and will kill a number of germs. In addition to this, it is claimed to act like a mild antibiotic. Antibiotics kill infectious bacteria that can cause disease in chickens.
    In addition to these benefits, Apple Cider Vinegar is full of vitamins, minerals and trace elements that are beneficial to your chickens but you do have to be careful where you buy ACV from – don’t go rushing off to Tesco just yet!
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    Apple Cider Vinegar has been proven to help chickens with stress which is one of the main contributors to their immune system lowering and letting in disease. I use ACV during the following times:

    • Moving house
    • Introducing new birds
    • If snow falls on the ground (a stressful change in environment for chickens)
    • After a fright – eg fox attack
    • After injury
    • Once per month for a week for the health benefits
    You can buy ACV from Amazon HERE:

    Dillution Rate of Apple Cider Vinegar

    ACV should be dilluted at a rate of 2% in fresh drinking water. This is the same as saying 20ml in every litre. Make sure you are using plastic water containers because it is acidic and will corrode galvanised containers. The normal rate at which to give to chickens in order to be beneficial is for one week per month. If you choose the first week of every month, it will be easier to remember. Chicks and growers can be given 0.5% ACV in water or 5ml per litre.
  3. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    on Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens on the Keeping Chickens: A Beginners Guide Website.
    Beware – The ACV you see on the shelf in your local supermarket is normally the pasturised sort. Pasturisation kills the helpful bacteria!


    Apple Cider Vinegar

    Unfiltered / unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar or A.C.V as it’s known can be found in most poultry or equine shops (it is popular for horses too). Don’t forget, you will need a plastic poultry drinker as well so it doesn’t corrode.

    Another useful natural supplement that I wouldn’t be without is Diatomaceous Earth

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