Vinegar In Water As Worm For Worm Prevention?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ira B, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Ira B

    Ira B Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings All,

    I'm a newbedo here and am new to raising chickens.
    We have 3 Rhode Island Reds that are almost laying age and I want to keep them healthy. I had heard that adding a small amount of cider vinegar to their water is a natural way to avoid worms. If this is true has anyone here tried it and at what ratio do you add the vinegar?
     
  2. 6chicks&aduck

    6chicks&aduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water , but have never senn worms in the poop nor have they showed signs of needing to be wormed yet ,but mine are 4 - 6 weeks of age only
     
  3. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    be sure to use the Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother.....I had to go to a organic food store to fine it.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Organic Apple cider vinegar (with the Mother in it) at 1 TBSP per gallon. Do NOT put it in a metal container, MUST be plastic. The vinegar is great for their bodies and gut, but it will not prevent worms.
     
  5. dawg53

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    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not a wormer. ACV is an acidifier which helps in calcium absorption and lower gut PH to help with bacterial issues. Just because you dont see worms in poop, doesnt mean they dont have them. I put ACV in their water and worm quarterly with valbazen and/or safeguard.
     
  6. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have to realize that you're only using a small amount of vinegar and that the acid level does increase in the water but not as much as what is natually occuring in the stomach acid in most animals, humans included. So if it makes it easier for the chickens to digest food thus making them more healthy and maybe better able to avoid worms on their own, then great, but gut worms were created or have adapted themselves to survive in stomach acid so ACV by itself isn't going to do anything to kill them.
     
  7. Ira B

    Ira B Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the responses. I'll add some vinegar for the above reasons mentioned.

    Does anyone know of an all natural way to avoid or get rid of worms that will not make any eggs unsafe to consume?
     
  8. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I've heard of people using pumkin seeds in buttermilk. Some say it works and some say it's crap and won't do anything. Some say if you use DE that it will work great and once again others will say that once it gets wet, like inside the stomach, then DE looses it's effectiveness and won't do anything. Attached below is a post about worming that I responded to as well, about how confusing it can be for us newbies and/or people that haven't wormed yet and looking for a natural alternative (if it exists) to using real medicine that may have bad side effects.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6676384
     
  9. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:While it is not a wormer, the acid and overall healthier guts do make it less likely that they will get worms. Parasitic infestations are a symptom of a larger overall health issue.
     
  10. dawg53

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    Quote:While it is not a wormer, the acid and overall healthier guts do make it less likely that they will get worms. Parasitic infestations are a symptom of a larger overall health issue.

    If their feet touch the ground, they will get worms eventually, whether you use ACV or not.
     

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