I recently found out that my pekin duckling (approximately 2 1/2 weeks old) has this a niacin deficiency. I have both of my ducklings on chick starter feed that states on the bag that it is safe for both chicks and ducklings. But, my little guy still seems to have something wrong with his legs. :,( I read on here that you get the non flush free stuff. well ive been looking for it and i found one that doesn't say anything about being flush fee but it does say something about time release on the front. I asked the pharmacist if this would have the Flush Free stuff in it and she said no. but im still a little wary of giving it to my ducks. Please help! first time duck owner here!
I have always read that it's plain niacin that the ducklings need. Not no flush, not timed release.
Another thing that can help is a B Complex capsule. You can use the B3 level in it to determine how much water to add to it. The target is 150 mg B3 per gallon of drinking water.
Brewer's Yeast, a tablespoon per cup of food, is what some folks have used.
Not baking yeast, not wine making yeast, Brewer's Yeast.
Ducklings need to have grit before they can eat anything other than crumbles or small pellets.
Things that have niacin in them include animal products (like fish, worms, bugs). Those are also pretty high in protein, but for a few days you might consider giving a couple of teaspoons of something like cat kibble that has been moistened so it's really soft. Just check the label for niacin or B3.
Sardines, in water, no added salt, have some niacin.
I would not feel good about hairball formula, no....
Could you describe scooting on his legs? I apologize, sometimes I cannot picture things well.