Chicken and Egg - page 50

Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Apple Cider Vinegar –
the natural way to keep your
hens in good health
If you asked me to pick one natural product that I would give to my
hens on a regular basis, it would be Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made using
the whole apple and provides enzymes and
important minerals and vitamins in the form
of Bioflavonoids, and is widely recognised as
a great all round tonic for hens. For example,
hens receiving ACV have been shown to
re-grow feathers faster than those not
receiving it making it an ideal supplement
for your new ex-bats.
So, what else does it do? Well, firstly it
can aid digestion, helping to break down
minerals and fats by assisting the
assimilation of proteins, converting food
more effectively and preventing sour crop.
Secondly, ACV helps lower the pH level in
the digestive tract rendering it less
welcoming to pathogens, it also creates a
hostile environment for E.coli organisms as
well as Coccidiosis. Thirdly it is also toxic
to Trichomoniasis – the nasty protozoa that
causes canker, but shouldn’t be regarded
as a cure for this condition.
Finally, if your hens lay soft shell eggs, ACV
can also help to regulate the potassium
levels in the body (it’s a natural source).
Potassium controls the use of calcium in the
body allowing more calcium to be freely
available to prevent soft shells. And if all this
wasn’t enough, ACV clears the respiratory
tract, helps to clean the hens’ plumage and
generally improves your girls’ well-being –
a real miracle tonic.
One final bonus, but not so much to do
with your hens’ health, apple cider vinegar
depresses the growth of Algae in your
drinker, keeping your hens’ drinking water
fresher for longer, although we don’t
recommend you use it in a metal drinker.
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