I discovered “APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HEALTH SYSTEM” by Paul and Patricia Bragg at a yard sale a few years ago. It piqued my attention, so I started drinking a vinegar tonic every day in the hopes that it would help keep me healthy in a natural manner. Soon after, I was handed another book authored by EmilyThacker, simply titled “THE VINEGAR BOOK,” which I found much more instructive.
Vinegar is both antiseptic and antibiotic (it destroys germs on contact) (it contains bacteria which is unfriendly to infectious microorganisms.) Hippocrates, considered as the Father of Treatment, employed raw apple cider vinegar in medicine as early as 400 BC. It is widely renowned for its ability to destroy germs naturally. In biblical times, vinegar was used to treat wounds and sores. Many believe it has the ability to target and eliminate dangerous germs that may enter the digestive system. This aids in the prevention of toxaemia and other blood-borne diseases.
“Raw, not distilled” apple cider vinegar includes about 30 nutrients, dozens of minerals, over a half-dozen vitamins and vital acids, and many enzymes. It has a high concentration of pectin, which helps to maintain the heart healthy.
Most of us, I’m sure, were taught various applications for apple cider vinegar by our moms and grandmothers. I was just reading a list of 60 ways to utilise it when I came across one that jumped me the most and got me wondering about all the other ways I might use it in my aviary. According to one source, adding vinegar to the water of birds may improve egg production. It was then that I decided to start adding it to my birds’ water on a regular basis. If not for additional eggs, but for the health benefits that assist in their health and the addition of a safe antibacterial agent to help keep their water clear of hazardous germs.
The following are just a few of the methods I found useful:
- Add 1/4 cup raw, not “distilled,” apple cider vinegar to a gallon of non-chlorinated water on a daily basis.
- Wipe down walls with vinegar to remove mildew, dust, and smells.
- Use a vinegar-dampened towel to wipe cages and food containers to keep them smelling fresh and clean.
- Pour boiling vinegar down drains to clean and disinfect them.
- Vinegar and salt make an excellent all-purpose cleanser. Copper, bronze, and brass plates, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, windows, brooders, and cages are all cleaned. Rinse well.
- For disinfecting handfeeding utensils.
I started this practise around my aviary with great excitement since I was seeking for a means to thoroughly clean breeder cages without disturbing the birds during breeding season or using dangerous chemicals. It is incredibly cheap, effective, and safe, and what more could you want today?
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