Cider or white vinegar
acidifies sour crop; can kill ph-sensitive bacteria (bad and good); astringent for clearing mucous in throat The ingredient that makes vinegar useful is acetic acid. It lowers the ph or acidity level, killing some types of bacteria (good and bad). It can be used as an astringent to help clear mucous in the throat of a bird with a respiratory disease. It can acidify crop contents in a case of sour crop. It may help in cases of enteritis, but never use it for more than 2-3 days. It can help to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms in the gut and improve feed utilisation. Dose:
2ml of 10% (‘cleaning’) vinegar to 2 litres of water. Offer for 2-3 days in a row per month (routine), and for 2-3 days when a bird has enteritis. Warning:
never offer birds undiluted vinegar as it can burn their throats and digestive system. The ingredient that makes vinegar useful is acetic acid.