Benefits of Cider Vinegar, Garlic, and Poultry Spice to a Smallholder
As the light shortens and we come into autumn/winter some of my hens moult, and today I gave them some things that I feel will help them to replace their feathers, and maximise their health for the cold months ahead. Lack of daylight and moulting means less eggs (energy goes into making new feathers), but I don’t mind a drop in egg production over the winter because I think it gives the hens a bit of a rest, and helps them to stay strong over the long dark, cold, damp days till spring.
Winter behaviour of chickens
The hens seem to stay in their sheds more over winter, and particularly during a cold spell when the ground is frozen or covered in snow. They therefore have less access to minerals and food that they would normally consume whilst out free ranging in the field or woodland.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an age-old product beloved by many traditional chicken keepers to promote all round health and vitality in poultry (and many other animals).
What does it do?
Aids digestion of chickens
helping to break down minerals and fats and assists the bird to assimilate proteins and convert food better.
Lowers the Ph of the chicken’s digestive tract
rendering it to be 90% less welcoming to Pathogens.
Provides a natural source of Potassium and other important trace minerals
Helps to improve fertility and general well-being.
Depresses the growth of Algae in the chicken water drinker
Use cider vinegar only in a plastic drinker.
Helps clean the plumage of grease and old bloom, when used in baths.
It is therefore excellent for show birds.
Clears respiratory tracts
Can also be used to treat minor wounds and skin irritations
At a dose of no more than 1 part to 10.
Cleans feeding and drinking equipment
and is often sprayed into and around housing as a very effective fly and insect deterrent.
Will help chickens with stress
which is one of the main contributors to their immune system lowering and letting in disease
How much cider vinegar do I use?
What Is Coccidiosis?
- Ruffled feathers.
- Head drawn back into shoulders.
- A chilled appearance.
- Diarrhoea which may have blood in it.
Causes of coccidiosis
Stress in chickens
- Moving house
- Introducing new birds or mixing up the pecking order
- If snow falls on the ground (a stressful change in environment for chickens)
- After a fright – e.g. fox or dog attack
- After injury
What is the difference between cider vinegar I get in the supermarket and others?
What about cider vinegar and worms?
Give your birds a boost in Spring or after the moult with this natural nutritional supplement plus extra minerals in a spice base. One teaspoonful to be given in the usual wet or dry mash for every 10 fowls. In cold weather a little more of the powder may be given. Specially recommended for improving all round condition and performance. Invaluable for rearing Poultry, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys and Game birds.