Quite a few years ago, I was browsing through books at a garage sale when I came across THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HEALTH SYSTEM, which was published by Paul and Patricia Bragg. I found it to be extremely interesting, and as a direct result of reading it, I started a routine in which I drank an apple cider vinegar tonic every day in the hope that it would assist in maintaining my health in a way that was more natural.
Soon after that, a buddy of mine handed me a book that was simply titled THE VINEGAR BOOK and it was written by Emily Thacker. Even more so than before, the information piqued my interest. I discovered that apple cider vinegar is both an antiseptic and an antibiotic since it includes bacteria that is hostile to infectious microorganisms. This means that it kills germs when it comes into contact with them.
Raw apple cider vinegar, which has not been filtered or pasteurized, can be purchased at health food stores. Apple cider vinegar has been around since 400 BC and was used in medicine by Hippocrates himself, who is known as “the Father of Medicine.” In those days, apple cider vinegar had a strong reputation as a naturally occurring germ killer. In biblical times, apple cider vinegar was applied to wounds and ulcers as a dressing. Harmful bacteria and other blood-borne illnesses are no match for its ability to hunt out and destroy them.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has more than thirty nutrients, dozens of minerals, over a half-dozen vitamins, and a number of important acids, in addition to a number of enzymes. It contains a significant amount of pectin, which is beneficial to the maintenance of a healthy heart. It is likely that the majority of us were raised in homes where our moms made extensive use of apple cider vinegar (ACV), the majority of which was pasteurized and distilled for cleaning purposes. It is still effective for a variety of applications, and it is an economical, safe, and non-toxic way to clean and disinfect your home as well as your aviary in a secure manner.
A short while ago, I was perusing an article that detailed sixty different applications for ACV when I came across one that particularly stuck out in my mind. It was added to the water that the hens drank in order to boost the amount of eggs that they laid. It was then that I made the decision to begin adding it, (raw unfiltered), to the drinking water of the birds in my aviary, primarily for the health benefits, as well as the fact that it is a safe antibacterial agent to assist in helping to keep their water free from harmful bacteria and aid in their digestive system.
The following is a brief summary of the ways that I have devised for using raw apple cider vinegar (which can be purchased at health food stores) for internal use and standard, pasteurized apple cider vinegar (which can be purchased at any supermarket) for exterior usage for cleaning around my aviary.
- A gallon of water gets infused with a quarter cup of raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that I purchase from health food stores. This is for everyday usage in the drinking water. It contributes to the right PH balance that should exist in the digestive tract.
- Vinegar can be used to wipe down the walls and spray over the carpet in order to get rid of mildew, dust, and unpleasant aromas.
- Spraying the cages with a solution of apple cider vinegar and water, with the same ratio of 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water, will help keep the dust down and will also disinfect the cages. The birds don’t seem to mind being misted while they’re confined in the cage, and this particular solution won’t harm them in any way. Since the PH of vinegar is extremely similar to that of rainwater, this may help to explain why the birds enjoy drinking from their fresh water dishes on a daily basis. Vinegar has a value of 4.
- If I pour the bird’s drinking water down the drains, my drains can have a foul smell, but you can get rid of the smell and disinfect the drains by pouring a cup of apple cider vinegar down the drain, followed by a half cup of baking soda. It will get bubbly. After at least 15 minutes, proceed to flush the system with hot water by dumping it down the drain.
- A mixture of apple cider vinegar and salt makes an excellent all-purpose cleaner that may be used on copper, brass, plates, pots and pans, skillets, glasses, windows, brooders, and cages. When using this salt and ACV mixture, be sure to give it a good rinse first.
- The use of apple cider vinegar and water as a soak and disinfectant for hand feeding syringes, spoons, and the like is possible.
- In order to ensure that my sprouted seed does not contain any bacteria, I use apple cider vinegar in the final rinse water.
- To prevent ants from returning to a location, simply wash clean the surface where they are found, and the ants will avoid going there.
These are just a few of the hundreds of different applications for apple cider vinegar. When I first started using it around my aviary, I did it with a great deal of enthusiasm since I was looking for a method that was both safe and effective for cleaning and disinfecting the cages while the birds were nesting. Vinegar made from apple cider was the solution to my problem in many more ways than one.
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