If you’re looking for a healthy, nutrient-rich additive for your flock’s diet, we recommend trying apple cider vinegar. We understand how important it is to keep your animals healthy, and organic apple cider vinegar offers a solution that can help your chickens live long, contented lives. This acidic juice can be beneficial for both healthy and sick chickens.
Apple cider vinegar is a simple, organic form of health support that’s used by many chicken keepers to help protect crucial body functions. Although there’s been little organized research to conclude that apple cider vinegar can treat or cure any illness in chickens, there is general evidence indicating that vinegar can be used to kill bacteria. This juice contains high amounts of acetic acid and some antioxidants, which owners believe can add extra value to a nutritious chicken diet.
Chicken keepers may apply apple cider vinegar to the diet in an effort to maintain a healthy pH, support digestion and the immune system, regulate respiratory functions and more. This means the additive may help keep your hens in great shape over both the short term and long term.
If you’re considering trying apple cider vinegar for chickens, dosage can vary depending on who you ask. The benefit of using this natural antiseptic and source of antioxidants is that it’s relatively safe, so the dosage doesn’t have to be exact.
That said, most chicken keepers regularly add only a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar to their hens’ diets. The best dosage is typically about one milliliter of vinegar per day for a single chicken. Mixing it into their water will dilute the acidic taste while making sure that the chicken receives a safe and effective amount. You can conduct this routine every day for about a week each month, or less if your chickens are healthy.
If preferred, you might instead use the additive by mixing it with food and providing it to your birds at mealtimes.
Now that you know how easy it is to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your chickens’ diets, you may also want to know how to make the solution yourself. This juice is best when it’s raw, unpasteurized and unfiltered, so it takes little time and energy to make a solution that’s perfect for your hens.
To make apple cider vinegar, you’ll need only apples, sugar and water. Place your apples or apple slices into a clean jar, and then add a mixture of sugar and water to the container. After this, you’ll cover the opening with a paper towel or cloth and leave the mixture in a dark place for about three weeks. Remove the pieces of apple after the three weeks are up and move the liquid back into its storage space for another four weeks, taking it out to stir occasionally. Once you’ve decided that the liquid has reached the right acidity, congratulations! You’ve successfully made apple cider vinegar.
If you’re buying or making apple cider vinegar for sick chickens, you only need a small amount to provide your hens with the right boost of support. To learn more about apple cider vinegar dosages or our variety of chicken products, contact us today.