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Cider vinegar treats Mycoplasma in poultry

Free range chickens  

31/08/14

Poultry farmers have fed traditional cider vinegar to their birds for many, many years to help support their immune systems and treat respiratory diseases.

They have found that cider vinegar is particularly useful in treating and guarding against attacks of Mycoplasma.

Mycoplasma can attack organic birds and is not necessarily curable with antibiotics, even if there is a suitable drug on the organic list.

There are many types of Mycoplasma (the most common is Mycoplasma Gallisepticum) but they all manifest themselves as respiratory diseases. Mycoplasma seriously weakens a bird’s immune system and they are then susceptible to any disease that is going.

Swollen sinuses or small bubbles in the corners of eyes are the first indication of Mycoplasma. Once infected, birds become carriers and remain infectious for life.

“Mycoplasma can wipe out a whole flock of organic meat birds and I find top quality, unpasteurised cider vinegar of great benefit to the birds’ immune system. “I know enough about the human immune system to know that it benefits from cider vinegar and so it stands to reason that it can benefit poultry,” said one customer.

He doses the birds’ water with 600ml of cider vinegar in 30 litres of water in the fourth and eighth week of their lives.

 

 
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