Apple Cider Vinegar in Bird Baths: Would This Harm Eggs During Nesting Season?

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Apple Cider Vinegar in Bird Baths

By flaflwrgrl
July 30, 2013

To keep algae growth down and your bird bath clean, add 1 capful of apple cider vinegar or 1 teaspoon per gallon of water to the bird bath. The apple cider vinegar also provides vitamins & minerals to the birds.

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Name: Kim
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Chillybean
Aug 10, 2015 11:55 AM CST
We are new to chicken raising and recently I ran into a blog entry that discourages ACV during high heat because it "affects laying hens by making the calcium in her feed a little less digestible". They say to use baking soda instead.
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-heat-stress...

Do you think this would be the case for wild birds? They have overall a different diet, so this may not be a concern. I just want to make sure because this sounds like a great idea. We put out egg shells in the spring because we learned some birds will eat them to increase their calcium intake for egg laying.

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fiwit
Aug 10, 2015 12:25 PM CST
I bet your local county extension agency would be able to answer that question. They would be my first place to go, because of the knowledge level there. Thumbs up
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Natalie
Aug 10, 2015 12:30 PM CST
I agree Mary. This tip is just about keeping algae out of a bird bath, and nothing more.
Natalie
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 10, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Thank you. I tend to be very cautious about the wild birds when wanting to try something new. :)
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 10, 2015 3:12 PM CST
Chillybean said:Thank you. I tend to be very cautious about the wild birds when wanting to try something new. :)

That's an admirable trait. Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Aug 10, 2015 3:16 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
Natalie

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