Racing Pigeons and Apple Cider Vinegar

Racing Pigeons and Apple Cider Vinegar by Robert Percival

racing pigeons and apple cider vinegarWith the interest in Apple Cider Vinegar by racing fanciers, I decided to do a little research on the subject.

Following the old cliché’, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich on potassium. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Fresh, organic apples are used to make Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains necessary ingredients such as enzymes and life stimulating minerals, mainly potassium, in a natural state. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself. Also important for the pigeon fancier is the fact that the ACV does not carry the E. Coli bacteria, as the acidity of the vinegar is effective in killing the 0-157 strains of E. Coli bacteria.

It should be 100% natural and not the pasteurized version. Pasteurization is the heating process intended to remove potential problem bacteria from consumable liquids such as milk, juices, etc. However, this process will also remove delicate nutrients and enzymes that may constitute a major portion of the food value of that consumable. In the case of raw organic ACV liquids and tablets, pasteurization would eliminate the “mother”, a major health giving factor of the vinegar. The “mother” is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV — formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues — it appears as molecules of protein connected in strands like chains. The presence of the “mother” shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the “mother” contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over-processing, filtration, and over-heating. Capsules, tablets, and concentrates made from vinegar containing the “mother” yield the best results.

I use 2 tablespoons of ACV per gallon of water twice a week; Monday and Wednesday. All I can say is that I believe this is one of the reasons why I never have a sick bird. I would like to make a page on my site on such remedies and would appreciate any contributions anyone would care to make. It could be a good and useful resource for the sport.

Racing Pigeons and Apple Cider Vinegar by Robert Percival

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13 thoughts on “Racing Pigeons and Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. im a big believer in it myn is d0uble strength healthst0ck with infused garlic every 2nd day 2 caps per gal . n0thin else als0 put it in there baths and 0ccasi0naly 0n there grain

  2. Hi I have been giving ACV to my birds for a few years now, but only one tablespoon per 2 gallons.
    I`ll change the dosage right away. Thanks.
    Jimmy Davis, London.

  3. I am told it is good for the feathers and vitamin c but it will not do what we think is good for the gut it would have to be used at very high levels to kill bacteria that is why i use Alltech 4 way acid pak i find it works very well along with Primalac at least two days a week Brad.

  4. My friend and partner, Charlie Cole, has been using Apple Cider Vinegar for years now. He has convinced me that it prevents a host of pigeon health problems. He rarely uses any medication at all and, believe me, his pigeons handle like a million bucks!!! I have stepped back, and am presently following Charlie’s lead, using none of the preventive treatments that I had habitually administered for decades. I will keep you posted on this drastic change in my keeping of pigeons!

  5. I used this system with cider vinegar in the 90s and achived good results with cider vinegar and continued with until i finnished racing 2006.

  6. Great article i have been using aplle cider vinegar for approximately 3 years and i will tell you this im not sure what it does but that i can remember as far as health wise no no no problems i think its great for my birds would not go without it thanks

  7. Hi Robert just like to mention cinnamon and honey for pigeons , prevent young bird sickness , look it up and see what you think , joe Meakin , southport

    1. Boil cinnamon in water for about 15mins and rest it till room temperature and then add honey to feed to young birds.. it is a good medicine for winter..

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