The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

Real apple cider vinegar is a natural substance, but only if from a bio farm. It strengthens the immune system, as it is an excellent source of trace and micro elements. However, this is only true of vinegar derived from apples grown in a natural (e.g. grassy) environment free of fertilisers and insecticides. An apple that is artificially cultivated does not undergo real ripening, and so does not contain the biologically complete stock of micro elements of which it is genetically capable.

Apple cider vinegar is an ideal source of organic acid. Organic acids help digestion and the breaking down of food intake, and thus prevent the development of illnesses caused by undigested food.

It is widely known that acidity prevents the spread of coli bacteria and salmonellas. These pathogens like a gently alkaline environment in which they can really start to proliferate. Apple cider vinegar mixed in water prevents salmonella from spreading in the waterer. Its acidic effect continues to restrict pathogens, even in the pigeon’s intestines.

What is less well-known is that apple cider vinegar can be life-saving. Many have found that in hot weather pigeons’ rate of breathing can increase, dramatically if it is very hot, and pigeons breathe rapidly with their beaks open. On such occasions the increased exchange of air causes more carbon dioxide to leave the blood than normal. This leads to acid deficiency, and so the blood becomes increasingly alkaline (breathing alkalosis). Initially this process generates bad disposition, dizziness, then nausea, and, if it becomes more extreme, death. In hot weather we pine for soft drinks with lemon and carbon dioxide in order to compensate for the acid deficiency. If at such times we give our pigeons water with apple cider vinegar, we can save their lives.

In prolonged heat we can achieve even more with a little apple cider vinegar than this. For in addition to the changing pH of the blood, potentially fatal processes are taking place in the digestive system.

Heat is a powerful stressor, but is bad for digestion in and of itself, as the vessels in the skin, lungs, etc. expand, while the vessels supplying the digestive system contract. Thus in hot weather consumption of food declines, meaning that good intestinal bacteria do not have adequate nutrition, and so the acid they produce also decreases. Meanwhile, as we have seen, the alkalinity of the blood grows, which is life-threatening. Simply put, the body attempts to compensate for this by taking acid away from the digestive system, further increasing its alkalinity. As the heat stress has already reduced the resistance of the digestive system, all these factors mean that conditions are ideal for the fast proliferation of salmonellas lurking in the intestines.

Thus in hot weather there is every chance that a paratyphoid epidemic will flare up. In most cases, all this can be prevented by a simple acidification of drinking water with apple cider vinegar.

Like anything else, apple cider vinegar can be overdosed. In too great a quantity it can even damage good intestinal bacteria. The high quantity of acid absorbs calcium (lime) and removes it from the system, which results in motor and reproductive problems. So overdoses of apple vinegar should be avoided. The dose for 5% apple cider vinegar is 4-8ml per litre of drinking water, 1-3 times a week. If we administer it more regularly, e.g. in prolonged hot weather, we should choose a lower level of concentration.

In addition, we can use apple cider vinegar for the disinfection of objects, e.g. waterers, or more precisely for the subsequent acidification of a sterilized set of trays. This prevents the spread of salmonellas in the outside world. We should use it for this purpose to wash the floor of the loft, observing caution, especially in enclosed spaces, because acidic gases in the air can reach dangerous concentrations.

The Wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar by Dr. Zsolt Talabér (edited by Martin Degrave)

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  1. #1 by jamie on March 2, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    hi iv been racin pigeons for 5 years i use cider vineger 3 times a wk i put 1 cap full into 2 litres of drinkin water and i hav never had problums with cocci

  2. #2 by bryan on February 4, 2011 - 5:38 am

    T5his is a great product but take special note that it must be
    from a known source were they do not fertilis also not to much as you are changing the PH in the water.

    Bryan SA

  3. #3 by prof m abubaker on November 18, 2010 - 3:42 am

    what is the quantity to be used at a time. what quantity of water to put. pls advice.

  4. #4 by ANG on November 9, 2010 - 9:25 am

    Hi Keith
    A table spoon to a gallon two or three times a week
    of apple cider is good.all the best


  5. #5 by Keith Ozment on November 8, 2010 - 10:25 am

    I have just started using it 1/2 oz. to a gallon of water for 3 days. Can someon tellme if this is enough?

  6. #6 by dennis perra on September 17, 2010 - 8:44 am

    tanks to all veterns,, helps me a lot..i use it from now on…

  7. #7 by trev madigan on August 1, 2010 - 3:19 am

    Yes it is the best way to keep Coccidoses down, i have been useing it for years i only use it for 1 day i will increace it to 3 at the start off the week and see what happens.

  8. #8 by Ahmed on July 14, 2010 - 11:49 pm

    very good i will buy and use it

  9. #9 by suneboy on April 24, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    ive just started useing this . wasent to sure about the amount to give so i put a teaspoon to 2 ltr of water hope this is ok .

  10. #10 by MPR on April 15, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    I have used Apple cider vinger every Tuesday since I started racing three years ago. I use one SHOT per Gallon of Water in the drinkers. Then I take a SHOT myself. It is good for all of us…..Jose Cuervo is also very GOOD..LOL. Not for birds, just for flyers.

  11. #11 by peter dempsey on April 15, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    nice to know the propper amount to use ? looks like I could have been over
    indulging my birds
    thanks for info

  12. #12 by RAY BROWER on April 13, 2010 - 7:53 pm


    • #13 by dennis perra on September 17, 2010 - 8:50 am

      hi mr.brower thanks for the imfo,about apple cider…

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