Again, its important to use ACV with the mother, so you are getting the maximum benefits. Bragg is an excellent brand that sells an organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother. There are plenty of other options though. I've been told that you can even find some at Walmart! You can tell the difference between ACV with the mother and without fairly easily. The unfiltered ACV looks somewhat cloudy as opposed to the crystal clear liquid of the filtered AVC.
Here's a link to the same apple cider vinegar that I use, Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar:
Here's just a quick list of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for your chickens:
- Helps the immune system by altering the bacteria in the gut. Inhibits growth of the bad bacteria, while giving a boost to the good bacteria.
- Aids in controlling coccidiosis.
- Aids in digestion.
- Strengthens shells in laying hens.
- Helps to keep internal parasites in check.
- Aids in general health & well being
- Helps chicks develop into hardier birds, more resistant to common health issues.
It is so simple to give your chickens ACV! Just simply add it to their water. Make sure you are using a plastic water container, since it will react with a metal one. You can add 1 tablespoon of ACV to one gallon of water. To be honest though, I don't measure, I just pour some in. As long as they are happily drinking the water, it is not too much. You can add the ACV to their water daily, a few times a week, or some prefer to do it a few times a month.