Apple Cider Vinegar For Rabbits
Apple cider vinegar has lots of benefits for the domestic rabbit. It contains a potent combination of vitamins as well as being full of minerals, some are potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and many more. ACV also contains helpful enzymes which provide many health benefits.
My rabbits get ACV in their water in 3 month cycles. 3 months on, 3 months off, 3 months on, etc. There is nothing harmful in ACV so it will not hurt the rabbits. Some older rabbit books reference ACV as a additive to their daily water giving it continuously to the complete herd. I plan on to keep putting ACV in my rabbits water, as I have seen the results in my herd! Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. Start with one and work up to two, sometimes I do not even measure it just add a splash in a gallon jug and good to go.
So you should consider ACV as a daily preventive health maintenance program or just a monthly health tonic it is up to you, just remember to keep a jug handy were you fill your bottles and crocks so it is handy. You will see the greatest effect from this treatment about 4 weeks after beginning the ACV. Give it time and you will see the improved look and health in your rabbits.
I use the organic ACV with the mother in it so it is alive and still has all the valuable probiotics. Even regular ACV has great benefits just make sure it is apple cider vinegar and not apple colored/flavored distilled white vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar keeps the rabbits immune system up also preventing urinary tract problems like infections and bladder sludge (this is caused from excess calcium) and promotes a less potent urine therefore reducing the smell.
ACV keeps the rabbits body’s ph regulated, clearing up skin conditions and infections. This adjustment in ph will also help with weepy eyes and other eyes issues.
ACV is known for keeping the rabbits fur softer and shinier.
Many rabbit breeders feel that by adding ACV to your rabbits water this will result in healthier rabbits by increasing the nutrient absorption capabilities of the G.I. tract as well as helping with the whole digestive process. Extensive historical use in veterinary studies indicate that ACV added to feed or water can cure a mastitis infection and reduce the transmission rates of the bacteria in most livestock.
ACV is also said to boost fertility rates and produce more female kits in a litter, also said to make the does more willing to breed.
ACV makes rabbits unattractive to fleas and mites by making the rabbit smell off. Making it a great repellent and health tonic. You can also mix a few drops of ACV and a little mineral oil to treat for ear mites by dropping 4 or 5 drops in each ear holding the ear flap closed for a minute or two. then gently rubbing the base of the ear.
It can also be used as a cleaner for cages and crocks as well as keeping the green algae from growing in water bottles in the summer.
If you bring your rabbit to a show or transporting them, the water will taste the same as the water from home.
With so many uses cleans and disinfects, kills garden bugs, kills weeds, and the health benefits for your rabbits you should include ACV in your rabbitry.
Poultry people add it to their flocks! Horse breeders to their horses! Rabbit breeders to their rabbits! Keep a few jugs on hand your homestead animals will thank you.
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Posted on January 26, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged ACV, apple cider vinegar, daily, health, minerals, natural, preventative, vitamins. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.
You have a great blog! Thanks so much for your “all natural” advice. Please continue to share.
I’m trying to raise rabbits in the desert southwest. Do you have any advice on keeping rabbits cool in the summer? We get a lot of wind, but it’s dry and hot. 100+ degree temperatures.
Thanks!I will keep posting natural information for raising rabbits and lots more.I am working on a few different projects that should be some interesting stuff.As for raising rabbits in hot areas i have seen some great stuff done in Italy.They have the hutch and then a tunnel into the side of a hill so that it is underground keeping the rabbits cool. In standard hutches using frozen bottles of water to put in the cages, and wet burlap over cages you should do OK.I live in Maine so i only have a short heat spell but anything over 85 degrees is really tough on rabbits!Will try to scan some pictures of those hutches from Italy, or better yet give me you adress and i will mail a photocopy my email is firstname.lastname@example.org Also check us out on facebook we list lots of good information!
we freeze 2 ltr bottles and cover then with a bag made from an old sweatshirt. The rabbits lay next to then and the kits even lay across them to stay cool. Been 95 degrees or hotter here for a couple weeks already in N. Florida
They love that! https://riseandshinerabbitry.com/2012/04/22/tips-for-raising-rabbits-in-the-heat/
i added water misters in my barn which brings the temp down 20 to 30 degrees ….amd i live in deep south texas
Awsome, keep your rabbits cool!
Great post! Never heard of putting ACV in rabbits water. it makes complete sense. Thanks!
Great site! Glad I’ve found it as we are planning to start meat rabbits in a couple of months. Thanks!
stay tuned! working on some really cool stuff, involving rabbits and homesteading projects!
hi, i have 2 netherland dwarf rabbits and i never thought to put ACV in their water, i’ve only ever used it for baking my perfected chocolate cupcake recipe. i’ll have to give some to my bunnies soon 🙂 thanks for the informative write-up!
~~Marie (Willow & Smokey)
I love to consume Apple Cider Vinegar because it taste great and also it has so many health benefits. `”`”
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Thanks, just starting to raise new Zealand’s I have 2 bucks and 3 does just got my first litter 4 days old
What’s the ACV/water ratio? I have a house rabbit with bladder sludge right now, and had never thought of ACV before…which is odd, cuz I use ACV and plain ole white vinegar for EVERYTHING!
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. Start with one and work up to two, sometimes i do not even measure it just a splash in a gallon jug and good to go.
Love you information. Been raising rabbits for years but have learned tons from you thank you.
Great advice! Will be starting this soon for Hazel my only bunny berry labor force. Thank you so much! I plan to follow your blog. Feel free to follow me too at http://www.flippingdirtandflours.com. -PJ
This was a fantastic read! Thanks so much.
Have you noticed if ACV helps keep the mosquitos off your newborn kits? I imagine Maine has more mosquito problems than the AZ desert, but any tips help- we do get the lousy critters for a couple months each year…. During kindling season, of course. I hate seeing them flying around the little hairless, helpless kits. Thank you for all your wonderful posts and for sharing your treasure trove of knowledge.