Apple cider vinegar...

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Mamachickof14, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Mamachickof14

    Mamachickof14 New Member

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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:)
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Mostly to keep out green slime build up in the water. Also has benefit to the chickens that drink it.
     

  3. rob

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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.
     
  4. morgan_48612

    morgan_48612 New Member

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    How much do you add to their water?
     
  5. rob

    rob New Member

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    about 5ml or a tea spoon
     
  6. Pinkter

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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.
     
  7. fuzziebutt

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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.
     
  8. BigECart

    BigECart New Member

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    Rob, is that a teaspoon per gallon?
     
  9. Sundancers

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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.)
     
  10. rob

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    i put it in about half gallon every 6 weeks.
     
  11. Pinkter

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    Is it bad to put a little bit, tablespoon or so, everyday? I have a hard time finding the no pasteurized kind.
     
  12. Sundancers

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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...
     
  13. fuzziebutt

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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!
     
  14. Energyvet

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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.
     
  15. kiwicsi

    kiwicsi Junior Member

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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?
     
  16. Pinkter

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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.
     
  17. kiwicsi

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    Wow, I thought the only thing that got pasteurised was milk!
     
  18. Energyvet

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    OJ too I'm afraid. :-/
     
  19. Happeesupermom

    Happeesupermom Happee ChickenSuperMomma

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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!
     
  20. kiwicsi

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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