Cider Vinegar Query

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Cider Vinegar Query

Postby chocaholic » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:03 pm

Hi

I have read this forum over the last 6 months and have found lots of solutions to help me look after my chickens. I have not managed to find the answer to my latest question. I have been given cider vinegar, manuka honey & garlic mix from my neighbour(just before she went overseas for a month) but I am not sure what quantities to give the chooks. I have read all sorts or articles, product details and forums and have not come up with one answer but many differing answers so I thought I would ask here to see what you do. This is what I have found to date:

    - "Apple cider vinegar ( 20ml/4 litres water) offered for 2-3 day periods"
    - "You need to dilute your apple cider vinegar with fresh, clean water and the ratio should be 2% which translates to 20 ml to every 1 litre of water. The other thing to bear in mind is that because it’s so acidic, you have to avoid putting it in any galvanised drinkers because it will end up corroding the metal. It is far better to use plastic drinkers when you mix any cider vinegar with your bird's drinking water."
    - "You should keep adding it to your flock's water for 7 days once a month. If you set up a routine of adding it at the beginning of every month, there's less chance of forgetting to do it. If you have any young chicks in your flock, apple cider vinegar can be safely added to their water at a ratio of 0.5% which equates to 5ml for every 1 litre of fresh, clean water"
    - 2-5 ml per chook per week
    - 1 ml per litre
    - mix it with your chicken feed or put on a piece of bread

So please tell me how much you use & how often :)
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Re: Cider Vinegar Query

Postby Marina » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:30 am

Hi Chocaholic and welcome to PC :D

Quite frankly - I don't use apple cider vinegar unless my chooks are sick.

It's a tonic and with the other ingredients you have (manuka honey and garlic) can be a good addition to their drinking water. I see more value in the manuka honey and garlic than in the apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar (or any other vinegar) acidifies the body which makes it less of a growing medium for bacteria. If my chooks have runny poos for instance I give them a table spoon of apple cider vinegar per 10l bucket of water. If I suspect sour crop I give a few drops of apple cider vinegar directly to the chook, either mixed with a bit of food or open beak and put in.

You see that dosing depends on how much you'd like to use. All dosage rates you quote sound reasonable to me.

The good bacteria that live in the gut are quite susceptible to apple cider vinegar and may no longer thrive if the vinegar is given on a daily basis. It's good practice to give probiotic yoghurt (natural unsweetened) to chooks after a course of apple cider vinegar to replenish the good gut bacteria. If you put a couple of tablespoons of such yoghurt onto a plate your chooks are likely to devour it in no time. I'd give a tablespoon for every 2 chooks once or twice but again - it's a compromise between cost and usefulness. A dozen chooks would probably eat a litre of the probiotic yoghurt every day if you let them but it would also make for VERY expensive eggs.

You see that with supplements there is no real limit. If the water becomes too acidic they will no longer drink it. So you want the water to be palatable while giving them the benefit of the supplement. If you want to use what your neighbour has given to you I'd start with a very small dose and increase slowly.

Many people don't give it every day, some believe in giving it every day. It's up to you, you won't do any harm but it may not be of benefit in the long term, either.
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Re: Cider Vinegar Query

Postby chocaholic » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:44 am

Thank you for your reply. I agree with you about not feeding it to them every day. I was thinking more along the lines of weekly or monthly. I will give it a try since I have it.
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