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Whats the purpose of putting apple cider vinegar in the chickens water? I read it on one of these threads that someone does?? (Can't find it?) Jen:)
 

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Cider Vinegar for chickens is acidic and it is this acidity that means ACV is a mild anticeptic and will kill a number of germs. In addition to this, it is claimed to act like a mild antibiotic. Antibiotics kill infectious bacteria that can cause disease in chickens. it has also been proven to help with stress.
 

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I've also read its a natural dewormer and that the organic kind, not like you get at the grocery store, is the beneficial kind.
 

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BUT, and a huge but here, :eek:, don't use it in a galvanized metal waterer. Just in the plastic ones. It will pit the metal of a galvanized one.
 

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Just a few tips ...

Make sure you are getting "true" ACV ... ;)

Also (and this is just me) I add it to the water once per month for a week for the health benefits or in times of stress. (adding new chickens, critter attack etc.)
 

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To much of a good thing can be bad...IMO

Check health food stores or local stores for true ACV ... It is not hard once you learn to check the label...
 

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You want the ACV that states on the label "With The Mothers." The health food section in Kroger carries ACV "With The Mothers." It is not pasteurized, it is raw. I put a few capfuls in a gallon every time I changed the water. It also helps a gal absorb calcium, if you have soft shelled eggs.

And will kill the smell of a skunk off a dog better than tomato juice!
 

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Haha, I know pinapple juice works well for skunks. It makes sense vinegar would too. It's so obvious once you think about it. Cool Fuzz.
 

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Is the apple cider vinegar that you buy in the supermarket for cooking purposes OK? Or does it need to come from a health store?
 

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Health store. Needs to be non pasteurized. I've read the supermarket stuff has had all the real benefits to it removed due to the pasteurization.
 

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I've been adding a little to my ladies' water lately & it really seems to cut the slimy stuff in their water bin thingy! :) I'm glad I ran across this thread!
 

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Our health food store sells it, but it doesn't come cheep (sorry, cheap). But then I discovered our feed store (where I will be buying pellets, straw, etc) sell it in 5 litre containers for a lot less per litre than the health store. And since I'm an accountant, that saving makes me very happy. :D
 
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