I was reading on a breeders site that they put apple cider vinegar in the goats water as part of their herd management. But I couldn't find any info on why they would. I searched on here and found some suggestions on using it as a cleaner and to spray goaties in the face when they're being naughty, but not much on putting it in drinking water, except one short sentence about it being a immune booster. Does it work? Do most goat owners do this?
Can anyone shine light on this issue?
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I was told once that it was a natural fly repellant for livestock, if mixed in the feed. I tried it on the horse I had that was allergic to fly spray, and it didn't work. Supposedly if they eat it, it will change their smell so flies won't bother them. I think they'd have to have way more than the 1/4 cup per day recommended for horses though, for it to have an effect. Diluting it in a water bucket wouldn't have this effect at all though.
Idk about regular ACV, but raw, unpasteurized ACV is really good for digestive health, it kills the bad bugs and promotes healthy flora in the gut. I think it also helps to balance out the pH in the system as well. As far as UC prevention, I don't know if it works as it would take a lot of vinegar to raise the acidity in the urine to dissolve stones.
I use ACV in the chickens water all the time as a parasite preventative ...3TBS per gal. Has worked wonders as my chickens are very healthy. Don't know if I would use AVC on goats though as it might impede their digestion.
i have a horse that is allerigic to nats, i put 1/2 cup ACV in her grain along with some natural flyspray, it does seem to help.Some peole use it to avoid UC in bucks and whethers but i dont know if it helps or not. Suposedly its suposed o help break up stones. I know some people who put it in their does water at breeding time. They say it changes the PH level in the doe and she is more likely to have doe kid. Again its not a proven fact. And personally i think that one is a bunch od bologny, it would take a huge amount to change the PH level.
I know some people who put it in their does water at breeding time. They say it changes the PH level in the doe and she is more likely to have doe kid. Again its not a proven fact. And personally i think that one is a bunch od bologny, it would take a huge amount to change the PH level.
Changing the pH of a doe...I don't think there's anything to that at all. You'd have to give her enough to change the pH of her blood, which would kill her. And pH doesn't have anything to do with determining the sex of an embryo. Y sperm are not more sensitive to pH that X sperm.
Actually from a medical point of view acidity and alkalinity DO affect sperm. It has been clinically proven that male sperm do not survive well in acidic environments, while the female sperm do. The opposite is true for alkalinity--male sperm actually flourish in an alkaline environment. Many fertility specialists will suggest that a woman can change the acidity or alkalinity by using a 'wash' of vinegar water or baking soda water to encourage procreation of a male or female child. And this information came straight from a book I have on fertility and reproduction... haha! It was written by a high risk fertility specialist, so I'm going to say it's certainly worth thinking about.
NOW, of course, a doctor wouldn't expect a woman to drink the vinegar or soda water. They expect them to use it 'differently' --if you get my drift. I don't want to be too graphic.. haha! BUT, obviously you can't do that to a goat, so I don't know that the vinegar water would help in that area. Some people do swear by it though.
Now, on another note, I do use apple cider vinegar mixed with hot water during the winter because it encourages the goats to drink. They love it. And during cold weather, it's often hard to get them to drink the water when it is so cold. They love the warm water and will slurp it down. It has never hurt anyone. They seem to love it, so I offer it at least once a day during cold weather.