For a while now, I’ve been reading and hearing about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and yogurt for chickens. Supposedly, yogurt’s brobiotic qualities are very good for chicken digestive systems (go figure!). I mixed about a third of a cup of yogurt in with some feed the other day and left it out for them. They were a bit skeptical for about 20 minutes or so, but then once they took the first bite, it was gone in no time. Probably helps that I gave them the only thing I had on hand – my organic, French vanilla, fat free, delicious Stoneybrook Farms yogurt (for which Yukon Cornelius gave me a good eye roll).
As for the ACV… A big problem with chicken health is worms. Adding about a tablespoon of ACV to a gallon of water creates a hostile environment for worms to live in. I’ve found a lot of arguments both ways on whether or not ACV actually kills worms once a chicken already has them. Some people swear by it; others say it’s only a preventative. Either way, though, the hens seem to love the way it tastes. But make sure that you only add it to plastic feeders as it can corrode the metal feeders, making the water unhealthy for the chickens to drink. I’ve also heard that you shouldn’t add as much in the summer as they need more water to keep hydrated.