Apple Cider vinegar is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements, particularly potassium.
Bacteria and harmful micro organisms thrive in a weak acid or mild alkaline environment. ACV contains acetic acid which lowers ph levels (raises acidity), which in turn disrupts the energy, sustenance and transports mechanisms of aggressive pathogens. Natural pectin’s in the fruit bind to toxins assisting their transport out of the body. In this way potential infections can be targeted and the natural immune system is stimulated and supported in fighting back.
ACV also stimulates the appetite & improves the digestive process. Potassium assists in helping maximum nutrition to be obtained from the feed.
Benefits of oral ACV
Reduction of faecal odour
Improves the appetite & digestion
Helps break down minerals and fats in diet
Helps absorb calcium
Improves shell quality
Improves feather quality & strength
Maintain fertility & stamina
Improve overall well being to lower stress & support the immune system
Control and eradicate internal parasites and pathogens
Helps build resistance to coccidiosis
If used in the bath water of show birds it imparts a shine to the feathers
If applied to minor wounds it decreases pain & promotes healing
Helps control minor bleeding
Relieves itchy skin or feather problems
Add a few teaspoons to a spray bottle filled with water to clean coop, perches, waterers, feeders and to prevent unpleasant odours from building up.
Quantities & Variations
Two methods of giving ACV but its best to stick to one method once you decide which to follow.
Method 1: 25mls added to 1 litre of drinking water given to the hens for a period of 10-14 days to adjust pH & establish healthy gut flora followed by maintenance periods of either 2 days a week (eg weekend) or one week per month.
Method 2: 1ml per litre of water given on a constant basis.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE IN METAL CONTAINERS AS ACV WILL CAUSE CORROSION.
IMPORTANT: THIS INFORMATION IS OFFERED TO HELP YOU ESTABLISH A NATURAL AND HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BASIC POULTRY CARE. IF YOUR CHICKEN BECOMES SICK YOU SHOULD CONSULT A VETERINARY PRACTITIONER FOR MEDICAL GUIDANCE.
You can purchase Apple Cider Vinegar (A.C.V) from LuckyHens on rescue days 75mls £4
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