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White Pekin duckling walking on her hocks

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Hi I'm trying to get some advice on what to do my duckling is 3 weeks old .
When we first got her she walked just fine but then she had a growth spirt and now she only wants to scoot around and walk on her hocks.
I was wondering if there's anything I can be doing to help her walk again.
Thanks
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What are you feeding her?  Have you added a source of Niacin to their food?  It is imperative that they get Niacin (most people use brewers yeast - not activated/bread yeast).  Add 1 tablespoon of brewers yeast to 1 cup of food.  Meanwhile, giving her some swim time in tepid water for about 10 minutes at least 3 times/day can help.

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Originally Posted by Debs Flock View Post

What are you feeding her?  Have you added a source of Niacin to their food?  It is imperative that they get Niacin (most people use brewers yeast - not activated/bread yeast).  Add 1 tablespoon of brewers yeast to 1 cup of food.  Meanwhile, giving her some swim time in tepid water for about 10 minutes at least 3 times/day can help.
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I'm feeding her the starter crumbles and I've been mixing in brewers yeast to the food .
I have her swim at least 2 times a day I've noticed that it isn't that she can't walk because she did when she was smaller but it seems like she doesn't want to walk.
When I bring her into the grass outside she walks for me.
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