Mother Load ACV: The "Mother" of all Apple Cider Vinegar for Poultry Farms

Let's talk about the "mother" of all vinegar and how to use it to improve health on your poultry farm.
ACV for Poultry Farms

We consider our raw, garlic-infused apple cider vinegar (ACV) to be the "mother" of all vinegars. Since Mother Load is unpasteurized and unfiltered, it has the vinegar mother, acetic acid bacteria and all the benefits that go along with them.




Why choose unpasteurized, unfiltered ACV?

Acetic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in apple cider vinegar. It's what turns apples into vinegar, in addition to having beneficial bacteria. Our ACV is also unfiltered, so it still has the "mother." This is a digestive enzyme full of more beneficial microbes. 

When pasteurized, the helpful bacteria is killed off, thus removing any benefits they could offer. But in our unpasteurized, unfiltered ACV, this microbiology is still intact and ready to improve your birds' health.

To offer even stronger benefits, Mother Load is a 60 grain ACV, compared to the 40 grain vinegar that you would buy at the grocery store. This means more bang for your buck and better gut function for your birds!

What about the garlic?

Garlic offers a host of health benefits, which is why we add it to Mother Load:

  • Supports the immune system
  • Reduces odors in chicken manure
  • Antibacterial agent that can stop bacteria from growing, helping to protect from infections
  • Stimulates the appetite and drinking
  • Birds like the taste
  • Contains allicin, which makes the chickens’ blood taste bad to mites

How to Run Mother Load

For the first one to two days of your birds' lives, add 12 ounces of Mother Load per gallon of water. You may have to charge the lines before applying.

After the first one to two days, wait a week, then apply 12 ounces per gallon for one day. On week three, apply 12 ounces per gallon one more time.

From then on, you can decrease to apply six ounces of Mother Load per gallon of water once per week. Continue this schedule through the rest of the grow out. 

For more information on application rates for Mother Load and our other products, watch this video guide

Caution: Do Not Over-Apply

Note that Mother Load is not a product you can apply every day. Dr. Susan Watkins of the University of Arkansas has said that ACV can cause biofilm buildup on nipples if overused.

Apple cider vinegar is a weak acid, so if over-applied, it can irritate and loosen the gut. If you choose to apply ACV multiple times per week, be sure to reduce the application rate to just two or three ounces per gallon of water. 

Learn more and try Mother Load here.

Contact Us

Have any questions or ideas for future Poultry Biosecurity videos? Contact Allen Reynolds at or 800-608-3755.

About the Author

Allen Reynolds

Allen Reynolds

Poultry Sales Manager

This was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business.

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Isabella (Izy) Dobbins

Marketing Manager

This was edited by Isabella (Izy) Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021.

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