For the vast majority of chicken keepers like ourselves, the fervor runs deep for our feathered friends. Devoted to keeping our little ladies pleasantly clucking about the homestead, we always go the extra mile in our efforts to maintain their health and wellbeing. Significant research has shown that Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent supplement not only for humans, but for backyard chickens as well, with a myriad of healing properties and preventative care benefits associated with it.
By way of example, the mild antiseptic and antibiotic properties of apple cider vinegar help prevent infection as the acidity kills off bacteria. This is especially helpful when treating birds with weakened immune systems. Adding a small amount of ACV to your chickens’ drinking water also supplements valuable vitamins and minerals.
Just like humans, stress negatively impacts a bird’s immune system. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce stress while boosting immunity. Incorporating ACV as a diet supplement when introducing new birds to an existing flock, relocating flocks to a new coop, or during times of seasonal shift can significantly reduce the chance of illness and excessive anxiety. One of the most stressful times for your flock is immediately following attacks or injuries from predators. ACV can do the most good when taxing or traumatizing situations occur.
Dilute apple cider vinegar with a ratio of 20 ml to every 1 liter of fresh water for adult birds, and 5ml to every 1 liter of fresh water for young chicks. Add ACV each month for 7 days in a row. Designate the first or last week of the month so as to easily maintain this regimen.
Whether you have a dog, cat, chicken, or tortoise, your pet is part of your family. Identifying ways to naturally boost your pet’s immune system will help to ensure a healthy and happy life.