How parrots can benefit from apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been around throughout the ages of humanity. It has been noted to remedy various illnesses and ailments. It is thought to be a natural alternative for curing many diseases. Due to these facts, many animal owners choose apple cider vinegar over the expensive pharmaceutical products that are available on the market. The natural and organic nature of apple cider vinegar lacks the side effects and risks that most pharmaceuticals possess. The use of apple cider vinegar has become increasingly popular by many bird owners in many situations. It is used in instances such as sour crop and many use it for the disinfection of their aviaries.
How it Works
Apple cider vinegar occurs as a result of unpasteurized apple cider fermenting. Apple cider vinegar contains phosphorus and potassium among many other vitamins and minerals along with profitable enzymes and good bacteria. Keep in mind that when you purchase unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that the sediment in the bottom of the bottle a good thing. The sediment, or gelatinous layer, at the bottom is known as the “mother of vinegar”.
The used to ferment the liquid. In organic apple cider vinegar production, the mother of vinegar of mature vinegar is transferred to new batches to stimulate the fermentation. These beneficial bacteria are not dangerous for humans or animals and are even edible. mother contains the acidifying bacteria
However, they are destroyed during the pasteurization process and for that reason unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is preferred. To avoid the breakdown of nutrients the apple cider vinegar must be stored in a dark glass bottle at room temperature. Many important nutrients could be lost due to light.
For More Information about Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
One of the most popular uses of apple cider vinegar in aviculture is using it for the prevention and management of crop infections such as yeast infections. Yeast infections, if left untreated, can lead to crop stasis and sour crop. This treatment can be achieved by mixing 1TBSP of apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water. Providing this mixture as your birds ONLY water source can be quite helpful in managing these disorders. (As with all health related treatments, seek the advice from your qualified avian veterinarian before beginning any home treatments.) The apple cider vinegar creates an acidic environment in the crop which prevents the yeast from continuing to grow. This treatment also helps to restore the normal intestinal flora. It lowers the PH of the droppings which discourages bacteria from growing.
Other Great Uses
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Apple cider vinegar can be used to clean toys, bowls, and cages. The recommended dilution is one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Be sure to rinse everything thoroughly before allowing the birds access. Be sure to be in a room that is well ventilated and away from the birds when using this dilution. Despite the fact that vinegar is considered to be a “natural cleaner”, it is still an acetic acid and can cause respiratory and skin irritations.
During the warm summer months when fruit seems to go bad fast and you end up with those pesky little fruit flies, it is good to have apple cider vinegar on hand. Pour some un-diluted apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Place the bowl where you know the fruit flies have been spotted. The apple cider vinegar will repel them and they should soon disappear.
A safe way to unclog a drain is to mix ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of vinegar. Mix the baking soda with the salt and pour in drain. Then pour the vinegar in the drain. Wait three hours before flushing the drain with hot water. The reaction between the vinegar and baking soda releases CO2 which unclogs the drain safely and effectively.
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