Originally Posted by GotPekin
I decided to begin my quest of raising backyard birds by ordering 5 Pekin ducklings. They were shipped across the country by mail and arrived healthy. They are now three weeks old and have been living outside for about a week and a half in their heavily secured pen. I tried to make it the Fort Knox for ducks.
One duck demonstrated a difficulty standing and walking, so I began to give the ducks large doses of brewers yeast, and she is walking much better but still not like the others.
1. Should I start to feed them frozen peas given they are a good niacin source? I read they should be 4 weeks old before eating peas, but will they really be hurt by giving them peas at 3 weeks if I thaw them?
2. I read on BYC that ducks and other poultry can get worms and die. Is this from unsanitary living quarters? How do I protect them from worms?
Newbie waterfowl owner
That was very early for them to go to a regular outdoor pen. Are you providing supplemental heat for them?
Niacin is much more abundant in meat than in veggies, but peas should be fine for them. One reason not to feed peas to very young ducklings is that they can be a choking hazard. I always cook my peas regardless the age of the duck, not to the level advised on the bag, but I do cook them to around room temp. It wouldn't hurt any of them to add a poultry vitamin mix to their drinking water.
Have you examined this particular duckling's feet and legs? I would do that to make sure it's not an injury.
Worms can come from unsanitary conditions and are more likely with other types of poultry like chickens. Do you have chickens or any other poultry?
Edited by JadeComputerGal - 10/5/15 at 1:43pm