Hi, I've been treating a Pekin duckling with niacin for about a week. He has one foot that is completely turned under, his "bad" foot, and one that started turning under the day after I met him, his "good" foot. I made him a boot for his "good" foot, and now, after about a week with the niacin and the boot, that foot is coming along nicely. My question is about his "bad" foot. When I met him, that foot was so turned under and crimped, I thought it might have been deformed from birth, but when the second foot started turning, I knew it was niacin. He's a nice big boy that still has some of his yellow baby feathers, so I'm hoping it's not too late to help that "deformed" foot. He walks on the hock of the bad foot, kind of like he has a peg leg, with that crimped up foot not doing much of anything. I have been massaging the foot and hock to try to get it to a point where I can maybe make him another boot, but I'm wondering if there is anything else I can do to encourage that foot to be usable. He does love to swim every day and uses the leg well in the water, but that foot does unbalance him a bit. Any ideas would be so very appreciated.
Anyone successfully treated a Pekin Duckling with Niacin Deficiency?
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Someone suggested thiamine was another B vitamin missing with leg problems - so you might consider a B complex. The massage sounds good. Have you been giving him time in warm water deep enough to float in, with constant supervision?
That's all you can do. I know she keep would keep the duckling separate on days she noticed it to be bad just to make sure it was getting what was needed and so she could monitor. Also would keep a close eye when out with the flock due to not only the leg issues but being the runt as well. It was a constant issue for her with this particular duckling and lasted on and off for a few months but again Rodger (she is actually a girl) is doing well today and is a spunky healthy duck.