Why should a fancier use vinegar for his pigeons?
Apple cider vinegar or just plain vinegar willIt is advantageous to be somewhat sceptical in our world where so many salesmen and would-be
salesmen try to take advantage of gullible people and separate them from their money. Any sceptic should make the following experiment: Give some of your
pigeons apple cider vinegar for 3 weeks and treat the others as usual. You may find that the group receiving the vinegar has now softer feathers and more oil
spots on their feathers than the other group. You are aware, I am sure, that soft plumage and oil spots are a sign of good condition which was contributed to by
the use of apple cider vinegar. You will also find them to take their exercise with more enthusiasm attesting to their better condition.
The following schedule was recommended:
- acidify the contents in the crop and discourage the multiplication of trichomonas organisms. It will,
however, not cure pigeons of trichomoniasis. Also, bacteria which do not like an acidic environment such as Salmonella, for example, are discouraged from
multiplying in the crop. Acid loving bacteria like the lactobacilli, on the other hand, will find this a hospitable environment and can continue on their
way to the colon where they will find favourable conditions for growth and multiplication. I am certain that any acid such as vinegar cannot survive its journey
into the colon. It can probably pass the stomach but the very basic pancreatic juice emptying into the small intestine will most certainly neutralize it to allow
the absorption of the resultant water and acetate.
Although none of the vinegar ingested arrives in the large intestine how can it possibly then result in
the acidification of the colonic contents? The answer lies in its favouring lactobacilli to survive the journey to the colon at the expense of bacteria
like Escherichia coli and Salmonella who like a more neutral or basic ph. These lactobacilli will consequently colonize the colon and their
metabolic products such as lactic acid are responsible for this observed increase in acidity.
- acidify the contents of the gizzard, leading to better digestion.
- lower the blood pressure and cholesterol level.
muscle cramps and
- decrease the concentration of
- Escherichia coli
- Salmonella and
- yeasts in the
- disinfect the drinking water.
In the flying season: on the 2nd and 3rd day after a race
In the off season: every day for 3-4 weeks
During moulting: 3-4 days per week
If diarrhoea: for 5-7 days
Recommended Dosage: from 5ml to 15ml vinegar per 1000ml H2O but this depends on the ph of the water.
The more basic the water, the more vinegar will be required.
A dosage of 15 ml vinegar per 1000ml H2O can be used for giving them a bath, no other salts and powders being necessary,
and this is said to effectively eliminate ectoparasites.
It wasn't too many years ago that the droppings in some nests in my loft were excessively wet. I blamed the parents of those youngsters for feeding them
too much water. Checking the crops of those youngsters revealed way too much water or not enough grain. I shouldn't have gotten angry at their parents. It would
have been better to look into a mirror to find the one who was guilty of this state of affairs. The old ones were looking for salt and minerals. Since the source
of these nutrients did not appeal to the old ones they drank excessively. They tried to supply their youngsters with these nutrients, a tiny amount of which
could be found in the water.
Adding enough vinegar to the water will result in less water feeding also as will many other substances which make the water almost non-potable. Birds won't drink
too much of this stuff but it would be much better to correct the deficiency than just treating the symptoms.
Vinegar is just acetic acid which will be neutralized easily by the feed in the crop since it has no buffering capacity. Adding it to the drinking water
results in the birds drinking less as they do not like this acidic taste. Less water will consequently be available for the body's response to a deficiency
of salt or minerals or to intestinal irritation which would normally result in diarrhea. There will therefore be less diarrhea visible and the fancier may
fool himself into thinking that all is well.
I found "AcidPak" to be a better water additive for discouraging the spread of Salmonella, E. coli, Trichomonas and yeast organisms. Not only do the birds like the water
acidified by "AcidPak" much better than water acidified by vinegar, "AcidPak" contains enzymes and has a built-in buffering capacity insuring that the water
remains acidic while in the crop.
Please use some ph test strips to make sure that the ph is between 4 and 4.5 as the amount needed depends on the hardness of the water you are using.
The value of ph = 4 below was obtained with 1 tsp / 4 liters of my water. Less "AcidPak" is needed for softer water, more for harder water.
- increased moulting of down feathers
- red feet
- pink breast muscles
- less scales
- good droppings
- no canker, but this claim is exaggerated. Water at ph 4 will discourage trichomonas organisms and will cause these to change shape in their effort to cope with an inhospitable
environment, but this acidity will not kill most trichomonas organisms.
- Avidress Plus
- Acidomix C by Novus
|Monday July 4, 2005|
Steve Van Der Linde
Pretoria South Africa, Gauteng
|I want to agree with you: The pigeons general Plumage becomes soft and shiny. The dark colours becomes even darker, instead of being dull and grayish. They move around with purpose and generally more mordant and alive. Regards Steve|
|Sunday January 15, 2006|
|Where can I find Cid Pak?|
|Saturday April 1, 2006|
|The cu sells the 4 way acid pack.|
|Friday July 7, 2006|
LIVERPOOL U.K, UNITED KINGDOM
|GREAT SITE HAVE TOLD ALL MY PIGEON MATES TO LOG ON TO IT, HAVE USED CIDER VINEGAR FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS AND THE BENEFITS ARE THERE TO BE SEEN, BIRDS LOOK GREAT AT ALL TIMES|
|Tuesday August 22, 2006|
|I guess I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack, and I need things simplified so that I can understand them. So can you just tell me... How much vinegar per gallon of water?|
|Monday October 30, 2006|
|Can one use the acid-pac or vinger in combination with pro-biotics?|
|Monday November 27, 2006|
|WERE CAN WE PURCHASE THIS ACID PAK FROM CAN ANY ONE TELL WERE ABOUTS IN THE UK|
|Thursday June 21, 2007|
nassir al meer
safwa, saudia arabia
|thanks for this good articals. can i add garlik with it in the water? best regard|
|Thursday November 1, 2007|
chennai, Tamil nadu
|vineger will act as a Antibiotics. we know that Antibiotices will reduce the resistance. For that we add Honey to stabilize the resistance. It will be the good combination.|