11 Uses For Vinegar Around The Coop
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Vinegar, a liquid, consists mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. While mainly used as a cooking ingredient, historically as the most easily available mild acid, it had a wealth of uses in the industrial, medicinal and domestic spheres – some of which are still promoted today. There are many types of vinegar, the most common being white, malt, apple cider and balsamic – all with their own distinctive flavors, smells and best uses. Apple cider vinegar, for example, is made from cider or apple must and is often sold unfiltered and unpasteurized as a natural product. White vinegar is often used as a household cleaning agent. Because of its acidity, it can dissolve mineral deposits from glassware and other smooth surfaced and is an excellent solvent for cleaning epoxy resin and hardener. Vinegar also has strong antibacterial properties and is an environmentally-friendly solution for many household (and coop) cleaning problems.
Which brings us back to “the coop”. Do you want the eggs your hens produce to look “purdy”? Give them a 10-second dip in a warm vinegar bath. This will help remove the stains, loosens dirt and grime, and really brings out the color in the egg shells.
Vinegar can also be used in water for chickens, in two ways. One, it can be added to their drinking water to help reduce phlegm. Its antibiotic properties and highly acetic atmosphere will make an uncomfortable environment for bacteria and boost chicken’s immunity and digestive systems. The second use is to add it to the chicken bath (if you bathe your chickens, which you should). The vinegar in this case cuts down on soap residue, conditions skin and feathers and helps discourage bug infestations.
And, of course, vinegar can also be utilized as a cleaning agent to disinfect and prevent mold and mildew on incubators, as well as remove mineral build-up on waterers and de-bug everything from nesting boxes to the entire coop. It makes sense that if you bathe your chickens to help keep them clean, you should also “bathe” the coop they stay in. Otherwise, whatever creepy-crawlies live in their nesting boxes will creepily crawl right back onto your nice, clean hens.
There are so many other possible uses included in this article. It’s full of things I would never have even considered and I bet at least a couple will surprise you too! So, if you’re looking for ways to spruce up your chickens and their coop, why not consider using vinegar, the eco-friendly solution?
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