What does apple cider vinigar do?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by aznewbe, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. aznewbe

    aznewbe In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2007
    i see ppl put it in there water but why?
    thanks for all the help this site rocks
  2. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    apple cider vinegar has been used for over a thousand years as an immune booster and "crud" remover. I use it on myself as well as chickens. It's also a good source of many vitamins--including potassium (which is good for me cuz I'm allergic to bananas, so I needed another good source to get some!)

    Getting UNpasturized (with the mother) vinegar is best....pasturization cooks off most everything good about the cider. It can be found in healthfood stores and is slowly beginning to show up at some regular grocery stores. It should NOT be used in METAL waterers, and a typical dose is 1-2 tsp/gallon. The amount used runs the gambit---some use it all the time, some do 1week on and 1week off, others only use it if they have a sick bird (and every variation in between). It works wonders on chickens with colds (yes they get them), as it helps break up the phlem.

    I also use garlic....it has natural antibiotic properties, keeps the water from getting slimy (especially in summer), immune booster also, and makes your coop smell like pizza [​IMG] . I just chop a fresh clove into little bits and put it in the reservoir...if a piece comes out the chickens eat it.

    well...that's my 2cents
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  3. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I also used it when my hen had a calcium deficiency, even though she was eating all the right foods. It helped to dissolve the calcium and make it easier for her to absorb.

    I put it in at the rate of two capfuls per 1.5l
  4. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    If my memory serves correctly; Potassium (found in ACV) is an important nutrient which helps the body absorb and assimilate calcium.

    someone correct me if I'm wrong
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
  6. fowlfriends

    fowlfriends In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2007
    Battle Ground, Wa
    Hmm, I was told by an old-timer that ACV increases egg production, and if what I am reading is true about calcium absorbtion, then that would make some sense. Interesting. Maybe I will finally break down and use some myself! (I'm currently one of those people who only uses it when a bird is already sick)
  7. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2007
  8. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    I use it once a week for ALL of our pets. Not only is it good for chickens, but its great for dogs, cats, and domestic birds too! Everyone here gets ACV once a week (Wednesdays). Right now with the chickies, they get their Super Vitamins on Monday, plain water on Tuesday, ACV water on Wednesday, plain water on Thrusday, Super Vitamin water on Friday, and plain water all weekend. ACV for chickens can boost egg production, 'clean out' their systems, and kill parasites. You can also use it to clean and disinfect their coop, perches, etc. and its completely non-toxic. [​IMG]

    PS...ACV for dogs: cleans them out, freshens breath, adds shine to coat, and helps keep fleas/parasites/mites away. For cats it also helps with hairballs. For parrots and domestic birds, it helps clean them out and adds to their diet. Not to mention, its also very good for you! [​IMG]
  9. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    two questions --
    does putting garlic in the water affect the flavor of the eggs?

    and for dogs, how much acv?
  10. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    I add it to my bottle water daily it ads a nice flavor to plain water.

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