Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Some of you have probably heard of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens and Poultry, and we imagine some of you use it. We’d like to point out some of the uses of Apple Cider Vinegar, some new and old.

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) has many vitamins, minerals and trace elements and helps with a variety of things for both the poultry and you with increased general health.

With the components of ACV it is great for aiding digestion and lowers the pH level in the stomach. An Alkaline body is good! The following is a list of uses for ACV, the first being when poultry takes it internally for their general health.

By adding ACV to poultry water it helps with the respiratory system, digestion, helps stop dehydration and boosts the immune system. ACV contains plenty of Potassium which is great for help for the body to rid of toxins and bad germs.

ACV has healing and cleansing properties and can act as an antibiotic. It’s great for getting rid of general intestinal parasites and worms. For eating poultry, ACV makes the meat more tender.

ACV is good for cleaning (As is all vinegar, but get good strong Apple Cider Vinegar it works better). You can use it to clean water dishes, food dishes, roosts and nesting boxes and coops. It is perfect for around chickens because it is non-toxic. While doing this it will also keep mites etc, at bay.

Bathing poultry in ACV will cut down soap residue and helps softens their skin and feathers as well as being able to wash off dirt that is well stuck on. Bathing them in this helps with bugs too.

By using ACV throughout the poultry coop and nesting boxes you can help keep mites, lice and other infests away and is even very effective if you already have infestations rather than using strong chemicals. It is best to use proper poultry sprays if the infestation is bad, but is best to prevent the problem. Using Apple Cider Vinegar around the chickens every two weeks is best.

When putting ACV on the chickens and poultry directly, dilute the ACV with water and spray it all around them and make sure you get it onto their skin and under their wings.

So there are some great uses for ACV in particular. Make sure when putting it in their water don’t use it in galvanised water dishes otherwise it will rust.

For how much, use a good teaspoon per litre of water. If you have any other uses for ACV or vinegar for that matter, tell us. We’d be happy to know.

If you have enjoyed this article on Apple Cider Vinegar let us know by leaving a comment below.

Please feel free to add your own uses.

Happy Chicken and Poultry keeping,

Article written by: Australian Chickens and Chicken Breeders

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Chicken Review Disclosure: We always use plain vinegar for cleaning our coops and supplies. Why our friend from Australia uses ACV, I do not know. It is more expensive than plain vinegar. Maybe ACV is more readily available there?  We have never been able to kill parasites, mites or lice with ACV.  They can be discouraged by using vinegar but it does not kill them. Vinegar is a great cleaner and the ACV is great to mix in the water. Pure Braggs ACV with the “Mother” is all we purchase for our drinking purposes and water supplements!


  1. Dale James says

    Ive used ACV continually since 2010 myself in a mixture of other anti-oxidents after surviving 8 heart attacks(3 of which were massive)as well as my poultry and dogs and goats and horses!My doctor cant believe how the damage from my heart failure has been erased!Ive lost another person in weight and intend on spreading the benefits of it with other creatures until God calls me home!I hear people say all the time,”I cant stand the taste,”but to me death tastes a lot worse!A 1oz.measure per day is equivilent to eating 20 apples!Tastes sweet to me!

    • Sherry says

      I have been taking vinegar casually for a little while. I wasn’t sure of the correct dosage to give me maximunm results. I have Afib, COPD, Arthritis, and HPB. I have lost about 40#, but I feel if I were taking it correctly and regularly I would reap more benefits. Your note has been very encouraging for me. Thank you Dale James., God bless….

    • ChickenReview says

      Hi Dale, What a wonderful testimony! God is certainly good to us when we try helping ourselves! Your comment is very inspirational.

      Thank you and God Bless!

  2. says

    For cleaning, using plain white vinegar is far more economical. There’s no need to use expensive ACV for cleaning your coop or waterers and feed dishes. Also ACV doesn’t help with internal parasites, mites or lice. Not sure where you read that, but it does have good health benefits and helps boost good bacteria in the gut. Not sure about the trace minerals, it’s the ‘mother’ that has all the good stuff in it. It’s basically fermented apples. It seems there’s a fair bit of misinformation in this article sadly.

    • ChickenReview says

      Hi Lisa, I like you would recommend plain vinegar for all my cleaning duties! Why the writer uses the ACV, I don’t know. It is her choice to do so I guess. Maybe the ACV is more readily available in Australia? I am just not sure. After researching more I find your comment true about the parasites, mites and lice. Although it may discourage lice and mites it does not kill them. I have used ACV for a couple of years now and as you stated it is the “Mother” that has the good stuff. Maybe that was what she was calling the trace minerals? Thank you so much for your comment. I am going to go in and add some disclosure to the article of my own.

  3. says

    White vinegar is a petroleum byproduct. ACV is good for everything. It is good for inside and outside of the body. So I imagine that is the reason they don’t bother using anything other than apple cider vinegar. I don’t bother with it myself.

    • ChickenReview says

      Hi Gina, Thank you for your response. I was not aware that vinegar was a petroleum by product. We love our ACV here at Chicken Review.


    • Den says

      That is a gross overstatement. Acetic acid can be made through various chemical pathways. It’s given off, for instance, as part of the curing process for silicone caulk. Most industrial acetic acid is made from methanol and carbon monoxide. The methanol is derived from methane, that is, natural gas. So, the acetic acid is not derived from crude oil, but from natural gas.

      Most white vinegar available in grocery stores for consumers is actually a byproduct of the booze industry (that is, derived from grain alcohol). It is fermented via the same process as apple cider vinegar.

      Bottom line is that it’s pretty unlikely that the vinegar you’d buy in a store as white vinegar is unlikely to be derived from natural gas, but I would assume the majority of cleaning products that are vinegar based probably have vinegar derived from natural gas.

  4. Judy bunch says

    I found this very helpful information , thank you. I have R A and will ask my Dr . about drinking 1 oz a day. Will continue to use plain vinegar in coups, it is cheaper. Would appreciate more info. On guineas.

    • ChickenReview says

      My next article will probably be on Guineas! I have had several people ask me about them! I am sure your Dr will encourage your use of pure ACV. :)


    • Den says

      I doubt the plain vinegar will give you the full effect in the drinking water in the coops. I would use plain vinegar for cleaning, but Braggs isn’t that expensive for the amount that you add to the water.

      I’ve also made my own using the Mother from Braggs. My wife took a crack at making hard cider. It turned out way too dry and wasn’t very good, so we just converted it all to ACV.

    • ChickenReview says

      Hello Phyllis. the ACV goes in the rinse water. I would suggest 2 cups per gallon of water. This is not for them to drink. Rinsing only!

      For drinking about 1 Tsp per gallon.

      Thanks for asking.

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