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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 mother contains the acidifying bacteria 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.

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

Crop Disorders

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.


Green Cleaning

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.

Pest Control

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.

Clogged Drains

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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RTalloni on March 17, 2011:

Very interesting stuff to keep in mind. I want to be a bird owner, but not until I can be a good bird owner.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 01, 2011:

Wow! I know! They are so great! I read that they have the mentality of a 4 year old child - but he tells me he loves me every day way more than just once! Love it! And thanks for the delayed giggle:-) I was looking at the sink and thinking - wait a minute - she didn't mean that! Burst out laughing - thank YOU!

Susan Ungrey (author) from Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 01, 2011:

I am glad that I gave you your 'giggle for the day'. :)

I recently had an African Grey here for boarding (one of the babies I had raised) and Derron was in the office working and sneezed and the African Grey promptly replied with a 'bless you'. I was totally amazed! You gotta love those African Greys!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on February 28, 2011:

Oh Vicki - you are so funny! My brain is slow tonight - didn't get any sleep last night - but I have to tell you - I went downstairs to pick up last minute junk you just find - and looked at my stove and realized what you said - I laughed out loud. I was alone. That is even funnier! The stove and faucets:-) I wish I could up up up you:-) great needed laughter:-)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on February 28, 2011:

I love this hub and I love my birds! Today, the phone rang and for the first time ever - Pedro said "hello, this is Dave can I help you?". Too funny - that's how my husband answers his business line right next to Pedro's play gym - it's almost as great as when your child starts talking really good! Amazing!

Susan Ungrey (author) from Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 28, 2011:

Poop off is very smelly! I was told it works great for shining your faucets and stove top! :)

I am happy to hear that you are gleaning information from my hubs. I appreciate your feedback.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on February 28, 2011:

Great hub! I always have apple cider vinegar on hand for cooking but I didn't know it could be used in so many ways! Plus I'm going to try to clean their cages with it - I hate the smell of the "poop off". It's terrible - I would almost prefer the bird smell! Thanks - I have only had the two parrots for a year and a half - I have bought books that do not inform you of so many things I find here!

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