What is ACV and how to get some?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Basskids08, May 22, 2014.

  1. Basskids08

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    Hello all,

    I've seen on here people talking about Apple cider vinegar and that they give it to their chickens as a health boost. What is it and what does it do for your chickens?

    Thanks so much:)

  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2013
    Apple cider vinegar is, well, as the name states. The stuff you need is unpasteurized and has the 'mother' in it, which the label will state in both cases. If the label states neither you may as well not buy it.

    Many people use Braggs' but I prefer Melrose of other brands, for some reason Braggs' does not work like it should, in my experience. I expect that since it's imported it was irradiated and thus, regardless of what the label claims about it being unpasteurized, it has effectively been pasteurized. Local is better if you can get it.

    In studies it's been proven to permanently elongate the cilia in the digestive system of chickens, so they are both more feed efficient and less prone to some diseases. It improves their ability to digest, in other words, and their general gut function. It's great for cutting through buildups of overprocessed oils or cooked fats which the body's own enzymes struggle to cope with, which is especially important for birds who do not free range and whose sole staple is pellets or crumble.

    It's also great for detoxing, especially heavy metals, as the pectin in apples is one of the few things to remove aluminum, which otherwise can accumulate for decades without lessening. Aluminum buildup causes some seriously devastating diseases, which more often descend onto the next generation so healthy looking people can produce only severely damaged offspring which can be traceable back to exposure in the parent's youth to excess aluminum. It's used in Europe to keep drinking water clear, I'm not sure what other countries use it.

    AVC also helps alkalize them, so basically lessening the likelihood of acidosis and its many related diseases.

    It helps with the cardiovascular system, helping keep capillaries supple and flexible, and helps with removing plaque buildup in arteries. It's very beneficial for the liver as well.

    It is also high in potassium, which can help with many things, and if you've ever received radiation exposure it will help with that... But you will feel nauseous as your body processes it.

    One way to tamper with genetic transference from parent to offspring is to induce hypokalemia in one parent, but it has many more effects than that, just like any vitamin. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals can effectively phenotypically 'blank' one parent out of the equation so you get what appear to be carbon copy offspring of the one parent with sufficient nutrition.

    There is evidence to suggest the AVC in water helps prevent spread of diseases via drinking sources. Some people use ACV to help ferment their grains/seeds for their animals.

    Best wishes.
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  3. Basskids08

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    Thank you very much, you have gave me a lot of information and it's just what I was looking for!
  4. ContessaKris

    ContessaKris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Grandview (SKC), MO
    Should you start when they're chicks, using the ACV? How much ACV to a quart or pint jar? That's what I'll be using for their water container right now in the brooder. How much when we get them out to the coop? How often?
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2013
    You're welcome, hope it helps.

    Yes, for best results i.e. in growing the cilia you do start when they're chicks. It may help to have some plain water on hand as well, since plain clean water is a big health aid in itself.

    I would use a separate water container for it which was about 5 liters, and just add a tablespoon or so to it, but this was one of two containers supplying up to 100 chooks and was changed daily. With sheep and goats they add about a tablespoon to a gallon as far as I know, certainly that's the amount my sheep prefer. I never did any precise measurements with it, the animals will show you if they think it's too much. But generally the ACV water is the one they will pick by choice and it gets drunk first.

    Best wishes.
  6. Lilianka

    Lilianka Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2015
    The land down under.

    I know is an old thread but you seem to know a lot about ACV.

    I have not been able to find any vinegars in my country that are apple cyder vinegar. They are natural vinegar's with apple flavor ¬¬ (I don't know what natural means for the producer of vinegar, so I do not know where this vinegar comes from)

    It is not wise to give it to my sick chicken? or maybe is good but not as good as real ACV?

    I will start making apple cyder vinegar on my own but that will take a week at least and I would like to start giving my three month old sick cockerel some of it so his digestion improves.

    Thank you!!
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado

    Try a search for "Raw" apple cider vinegar...

    Or "naturally fermented".

    Like this one...


    That's the one most people use; its in my cupboard, anyway ;)

    And yes, to truly get the benefits of the bacteria, it needs to be raw, unpasteurized :)
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015

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