The Holistic Trinity - Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic and DE

| 5/8/2012 2:46:04 PM

Tags: apple cider vinegar, chickens, health, diatomaceous earth, garlic, Lisa - Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl,

I firmly believe in an ounce of prevention.  In fact, wasn't it Benjamin Franklin who said 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' ?  He was a smart man - and I bet he wasn't even talking about chickens when he said that!

But he was right, it's far easier (and cheaper) to keep your chickens' immune systems strong and healthy and give them the best chance at fighting off illness and infections themselves than to try and treat something after they have contracted it.  Being the ultimate prey animal and being part of a pecking order that preys on the weaker members of the flock, chickens work very hard to hide signs of any illness or injury, so often by the time you see any symptoms, it is too late to treat whatever is wrong.

Because of this, in addition to the layer feed mix  I give to our chickens, I also supplement their diet with what I call the 'Holistic Trinity' of healthy chickens: Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic and Diatomaceous Earth. 

The Holistic Trinity  

First in the Trinity is APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. 

It's great for their immune systems, guards against bad bacteria and maintains digestive health in the intestines by lowering the pH levels and is an overal health booster.  It increases calcium absorption so your chickens will get more 'bang for the buck' from the eggshells or oyster shell you provide them.  ACV aso acts as an antiseptic by killing the germs that cause respiratory problems - which chickens are extremely susceptible to - in the throat.

Mary DeLong
12/31/2012 10:08:22 AM

Love my chickens and they will soon be getting all of the above

Dixi Blackford
8/13/2012 6:49:10 PM

I use the same combo on my dogs, pig and rabbits....except I don't use as much garlic on the dogs. I also use the Trinity myself....every day :)

Gracie Dober
6/27/2012 7:23:37 PM

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