vinegar ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by saltandpepper, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. saltandpepper

    saltandpepper In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Do you put vinegar in newborn chicks water?
  2. dolly85

    dolly85 Songster

    Jun 1, 2010
    I never give my chicks anything other then plain fresh water and chick crumbles. They always do just fine! My theory is if it ain't broke don't fix it lol.
  3. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Songster

    Mar 10, 2011
    I am so new to this so I don't know if I am right! I got my chicks from a feed store and didn't hear about the sugar water after mail ordering, for chicks energy, until after I had the chicks for a few days. My mom lives in Idaho and went to a chicken class the first weekend I had the chicks. LOL! She said putting Apple Cider Vinegar in their water is good for them. It helps reduce the mucus in their little bodies and keeps out bad bacteria. I put 1tsp of ACV in a quart of their water and they love it. I did a lot of research on it and a LOT of people do it. Just don't put it in a metal waterer, only plastic. Plus it helps keep the waterer clean? I have noticed they don't have as many of those dark, runny, stinky poops as before I put it in their water. It also adds minerals and things....We drink sports drinks and use supplaments, why not give them something that is beneficial for them??
  4. olds cool

    olds cool In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    Leesburg Alabama
  5. saltandpepper

    saltandpepper In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Thanks so much for the input. I had read about the vinegar but wasn't quite sure about newborns. This is my first ever hatching and it has been one crazy thing after another. Humidity problems, electricity outage,temperature control problems.We're really surprised that this one little fellow has hatched. Sure hope he lives.. Actually not sure if it is a he or she. Just have a feeling .
  6. Justanother Brooke

    Justanother Brooke Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Goldendale, WA
    What about regular ACV? I don't have anywhere near me that I can buy the organic unfiltered stuff.
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I use a teaspoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in a my plastic mason jar chick waterers. I think it helps with pasty butt. DO NOT use it in a metal waterer
  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I have never done that myself but I do put 2 tablespoons of sugar in their water right when I bring them home for the first day....
  9. terry's chicks

    terry's chicks In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    I did it the first 2-3 days, 1 tablespoon in 1 gallon water, with the sugar and vitamin electrolyte, then I read about you shouldn't do it too long, because they can become acidotic, too much acid in them, So that is why I stopped after a few days, I had a few out of 26 that had a little poo on their butt, but nothing bad, I also put some prebiotic yogart mixed with some starter and they loved that, now almost a week old, they all seem to be pooping good poo. I am a first timer, but just have read a lot on this forum and really appreciate all the wise chicken owners for helping out us newbies.
  10. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Songster

    Mar 21, 2010
    Hi! I use regular ACV all the time. I started with the chicks and continue with the big girls. It is supposed to be good for the little guys, but keeps the water from getting sour with the big girls, too.

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