Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WyoChickenMamma, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    I have read in several places the benefits to using ACV in the water. I can't seem to find a consistent usage/dosage. Can anyone tell me about how they use it? Do you use it daily, once a week, once a month, only when problems arise? How much do you put in a gallon of water? I did buy the Braggs brand of unfiltered stuff and can't believe all the uses that are listed on that bottle...guess I remember my grandma always having it in her kitchen...wish I would have paid more attention to what all she used it for.

    So thanks in advance for your input. [​IMG]

    Happy Chicken Sunday to you all!
  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I add a Tablespoon to each gallon of water. I'm not real consistent, though. When someone else is feeding them when I'm out of town, I don't tell them to add the ACV because I'm trying to make chicken-sitting as easy as possible for them.
  3. CC1892

    CC1892 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2011
    East Coast
    I use Braggs ACV as well. I pour out doses using a little medical liquid measuring cup (or an old clean Night Quill cup).
    My waterers are one gallon with chicken nipples. For these I measure out 2 teaspoons-so far all is well.
    I found several different doses to use - it's frustrating, so I compromised at 2 teaspoons, but now think I'm going with 1 Tablespoon.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  4. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    1 tablespoon per gallon water I use daily.
  5. ChickenSnake

    ChickenSnake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2011
    Montgomery County Texas
    Apple cider vinegar has many many uses. I clean my kitchen with it instead of bleach (since it doesnt dry out my hands and kills salmonella and ecoli). There have been some people that say adding a little to your drinking water will help with overall intestinal health and longevity. I read an article about a man that used it to alleviate some of his pains with HIV when he could no longer eat, his appetite returned after about 2 weeks of drinking 3 cups of vinegar per day. That would be a little extreme for me, but I guess when you have a disease thats about to take your life you dont mind the risks as much.

    Anyway, just thought I'd throw in my two cents about apple cider vinegar [​IMG]
  6. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    So glad this came up. A friend of mine went Friday to pick up 30 RSL pullets from this guy.
    While they where there this family of Amish people came to get theirs.
    After the Amish left the seller told my friend that the Amish put vinegar in the water for their chickens
    and they claim some of their 50 hens lay more than one egg a day.I am thinking maybe 50 eggs is alot
    to count at one time and perhaps some were missed from the day before.

    BUT, this having been said I have noticed some improvement in the look of mine since i started using the vinegar.
    I had started using it to control the green in the waterer, and it has helped.
    I have only been putting a little in there to swish around before filling so i was interested in learning the correct ammount.
  7. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    I only use it in my plastic waterer. Not in the galvanized ones.
  8. CC1892

    CC1892 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2011
    East Coast
    Quote:ACV is really is a great product-particularly the organic variety with the "Mothers" in it....
  9. CC1892

    CC1892 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2011
    East Coast
    Quote:I do too- And if your using chicken nipples with bushings on the inside of your plastic container,
    then it's good to get stainless bushings, and not brass ones. I don't think the oxidation (brass turning green)
    helps the birds.
  10. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    WOW...thanks for all the great responses. I have some plastic watering founts, but just switched to one that has a galvanized bottom, guess I wont be using the ACV in that one! Darn it was one of those five gallon ones with a red tray...the tray is cracked, so I set it in a galvanized tub. Perhaps I can find a plastic tub at the feed store. Seems like I am usually a day late and a dollar short on these kinds of things...I bought that galvanized tub 2 days ago! lol

    Oh well. I am going to start using it. Do you find your girls like the taste of it?

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