Apple cider vinegar (raw) and garlic: good for animals, too! Apple cider vinegar is a source of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, in particular phosphorus (for goats). It helps strengthen the immune system, improves digestion, and balances internal pH. When added to water, it helps keep the water fresh. Garlic, we all know, has amazing anti-fungal and anti-biotic properties.
Want to share those benefits with your animals? Here's how you can, with every drink. This idea comes from our friend Jami. We've been using it for several months now, for both the ducks and the goats. You'll need garlic and raw apple cider vinegar. Organic ingredients are preferable.
Put a whole head's worth of raw garlic cloves in a wine-type bottle, and fill to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. The cloves don't have to be peeled, but I usually do peel them.
Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to every gallon of their drinking water. I keep my bottle (pictured) in the barn, bringing it to the house when it needs refilling.
When the bottle runs out, keep refilling it with raw apple cider vinegar. Add more garlic cloves periodically, either leaving the old ones in there or replacing them. Very flexible!
Our goats and ducks love the water, and I'm happy it fortifies their health with every drink. Thanks for this great idea, Jami.
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