Originally Posted by Kutz
Hi guys! We rescued a little 1 week old duck.
He cant stand and cant walk.
His legs are wierd shape.
He managed to sweam somehow but still not normal.
He always fleeps over to lay on his back.
We gave him foid and water he drinks eats and poops normally.
The beak and eyes are normal.
Ehat should we do?
Tie his legs together?
Feed his something special?
Never had a duck before.poor little thing...
Please join us over on the Duck Forum. This little one needs B vitamin supplements.
People often get confused about what to use, so please stick with me here
You have some options.
I would go with brewer's yeast. Forgive me for using capital letters, but for anyone else who may casually look over this thread, NOT baking yeast, NOT winemaking yeast. Brewer's yeast is a nutritional supplement and it provides niacin and a few other vitamins.
Ducklings need about three times the niacin chicks do. And some ducklings get leg problems or seizures if they don't have enough niacin.
If you cannot find the brewer's yeast, or if you happen to have (here come the capital letters again, please forgive me) PLAIN niacin - NOT no-flush, NOT timed release, then dissolve 150 mg niacin per gallon of water for the duckling’s drinking water.
Another approach is to use B Complex capsules, and use the B3 - niacin - levels as a guide. Again, 150 mg B3 per gallon of drinking water.
Keep the little one on the supplements for about 8 weeks.
Sometimes it only takes a few days to see improvement.
You can also see how it went for Qwackers and Bentley from these threads.