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post #11 of 17
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Tomorrow it will have been a week since we started feeding the duck brewer's yeast.  Been adding it to both its water and feed.  I have not noticed any improvement.  It is still unable to walk.  If the issue is niacin deficiency, when can one expect to see a turnaround?

post #12 of 17

Generally within days .  .  .

 

Hmmmmm

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post #13 of 17
I have a pekin with the same exact issue. It looks very similar to your duck. I have been putting B Complex in her water and waiting on Niacin pills to arrive. I have seen no improvement either and I'm beginning to not be able to stand it anymore. Not sure where to go from here.. sad.png
post #14 of 17

I'm having the same problem with one of my 9 week Muscovy's.

 

I have herd that cat food is high in Niacin is this true?

I had been feeding them 2 cans mixed with corn meal 3 times a week until a week ago. They went crazy for it.

 

 

As a avid home brewer i have about 2 kg of trub (spent hops and yeast) at the end of every brew; can dry the liquid and booze off this and feed it to my ducks?

 

Vegemite is made of brewers yeast claims to be full B vitamins, would this do the trick?

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I'm having the same problem with one of my 9 week Muscovy's.

 

I have herd that cat food is high in Niacin is this true?

I had been feeding them 2 cans mixed with corn meal 3 times a week until a week ago. They went crazy for it.

 

 

As a avid home brewer i have about 2 kg of trub (spent hops and yeast) at the end of every brew; can dry the liquid and booze off this and feed it to my ducks?

 

Vegemite is made of brewers yeast claims to be full B vitamins, would this do the trick?

@Zinny74  - I think it needs more detail than I can provide, but you may be able to do that - just proceed with caution.  Alcohol is dangerous for ducks, I believe.

 

But I think brewer's yeast is spent yeast from the brewing process.  Or at least it was way back before the process became industrialized.  Glad you know not to give live active yeast - nope, that's a problem.

 

Look into the vegemite - that may be a solution for you.  Perhaps you can contact someone there, maybe @duckyfromoz  - to see if that's done commonly.  We don't have vegemite around here, much - I think I might be able to get ahold of some, but it's not part of the culture in New England.

 

Is vegemite salty at all?  I don't know if I've ever had it.  I have had sorghum syrup because I am from a southeastern U.S. family.

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post #16 of 17

So it appears that the Vegemite has worked. 

 

I dissolved 2 table spoons of Vegemite in 1.25L of water and put a cup of that in there 15L swimming water, they drink more of this then there drinking water.

 

After 2 days she was still hobbling but back on her feet, day 3 and apart from a little weight loss you wouldn't know there was a problem.

 

There is a fair amount of salt in Vegemite but if as long as its diluted and they have fresh drinking water I can't see it being a problem, I'm guessing they need some salt in there diet.

post #17 of 17

Great news!  Yes, they do need some salt - and you are correct it is best not to overdo it.  For this short-term, sounds like you found the answer.  

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