Why do you use ACV?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by turtlebird, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. turtlebird

    turtlebird Songster

    Dec 11, 2009
    Recently I started adding organic unfiltered (with the 'mother') apple cider vinegar to my 12 week old chickies water. I started using it because as I understand it, it boosts their immune system and digestive system....you know, good for what ails ya'!
    I add 1 TBSP ACV per gallon of water. Is this the correct dosage? What results have you noticed in your birds?
    Why do you use ACV?
  2. emmak

    emmak Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    The farmer I bought my chickens from recommended adding 1 oz of acv to 1 gallon of water to prevent algae growth. We're in north Texas where the temps are outrageous. You can't add it to a metal waterer, though, because it will react with the metal.
  3. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Songster

    Aug 8, 2009
    Central N.S.
    I also add it to my dogs' water, and to my budgie's water...
  4. Jen71

    Jen71 Songster

    Mar 25, 2010
    I use ACV too - there is a whole lot of great information available here about it.

    People claim it helps with immune systems, keeping the water fresh for longer, and improves the quality and taste of the eggs.
    I can't say much about it one way or another because I have used it in our water since the beginning.
    Why not? It can't hurt.

    Good luck!
  5. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    I use it at a lower dose--1-2 teaspoons per gallon to keep the water container clean. I change my 3 gallon waterer every few days and the 1 gallon in the hen house every other day. I only have 5 pullets so its plenty orf water. On hot days (85 +) I change it daily with cool water and ice cubes. It has health benefits too and can't hurt. [​IMG]

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