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Apple cider vinegar

Postby fallowfields » Sun May 10, 2009 4:06 pm

I have lost yesterday 3 chickens with gapeworm half way through the 7 day dosing with Flubenvet. Obviously I did not recognise the symptoms and start dosing them early enough.

I have heard that Apple Cider Vinegar is not only a good tonic but it prevents worms. I have just had 5 gallons delivered.

Does any body know whether one puts the ACV into their water all year round, or, does one give them a break from time to time?
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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby cyberchicks » Tue May 12, 2009 3:22 pm

I give apple cider vinegar all year round as it is generally good for the hens, you get nice big happy hens with good plumage. I have found it also increases laying in my birds. I previously used lifeguard tonic which is good but ACV has the edge in my opinion. You could always alternate between the two if you are uncomfortable with one thing for any length of time.

Whatever you do PLEASE do not think ACV is an alternative to regular worming. It has been shown to improve resistence to internal parasites but is no substitute. Many keepers use ACV to improve resistence to coccidosis in particular.
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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby Tim » Wed May 13, 2009 6:36 am

I give it once a month - for a week, I do it in the first week of every month so I don't forget, this is after I have built their resistance up. My chooks do free range though and I would probably increase this if they were more enclosed.

As cyberchicks said, it should not be a replacement for a wormer - but yes, it is supposed to increase the acidity in the gut which makes life more uncomfortable for worms - I'm not so sure about Gape Worm though that is found in the crop.

Can you be sure they died of Gape Worm?

Here's a little more information about Apple Cider Vinegar and Chickens it does need improving a little but ACV seems to be one of those things that people say gives them fantastic results but finding hard facts about it is a little more difficult since there always so many variables involved!

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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby chrismahon » Tue May 17, 2011 9:54 am

We tried ACV for our chickens. First advice was 1% in the water increasing to 2% over time to increase acidity in gut and kill worms. This didn't work as the chickens didn't like the taste -expensive too. At a constant 1% the worms were ejected initially but soon developed resistance and it had no effect at all. We now give it on and off for two week intervals but have noticed that whilst most chickens are in very good health the odd one still has chronic worms so I remain unconvinced by its effectiveness as a reliable wormer but accept it is a good tonic, although fresh veg and fruit is probably far better when available. Are now doing Vemex liquid every 3 months and Flubenvet premix every 6 months for the worms.
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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby cruelchicken » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:30 am

my grandparents gave dad 3 chickens. they're at our backyard now. i want to give them apple cider vinegar too if that will do them good. we have some left over apple cider vinegar at home (and did you know that it can also be used to get rid of warts? but my brother's using zerowarts cream now). but how much can i give them?
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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby chrismahon » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:21 am

Hi Cruelchicken. 1% with the water so in a 3 litre drinker they need 30ml (or 30 cc in old money). Best get a large syringe from the farmers store (they sell them for horse tonics) and shake the container before drawing it up. We only use it every 4th drinker fillup. Can't see any advantage in higher dose (2% maximum) or more often. It costs £12 a gallon some places!
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Re: Apple cider vinegar

Postby cruelchicken » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:08 am

thanks for the instruction chrismahon! gotta try that out this week with my dad. :D
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