I am new to raising poultry and have two 8 week old muscovy ducks. While one duck seems to have developed normally the other is significantly smaller. It still maintains part of its down feathers along its tail and has what I refer to as 'chicken wings'. However, what worries me the most is its legs.
Since the moment we bought it from the pet shop it has had problems with walking. It does not place each foot in front of the other when it is moving instead they are at least 6cm apart and it does not look comfortable. It cannot stand properly without the legs bending backwards and now the feet are starting to curl in.
The duck has never lacked sufficient food and water but I have been reading on BYC that adding 'niacin' or 'brewer's yeast' may help in his development and legs.
Any advice would be much appreciated as it makes me sad knowing that he does not have the same quality of life as the other duck.