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One Duckling has "weak legs"

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Hello,

 

I have 7 Pekin/Runner mixes that are approaching 3 weeks old. As I have started letting them run around and swim more, I have noticed that one of the smaller ones is always lagging behind the others. She paddles around slowly in the tub and needs to sit and rest more often than the others when running or standing around with the others. She seems to stumble around a lot.

 

While her feet look normal to me, she does kind of fold her toes together and sit back when she perches on something rather than resting on her feet like the others do.

 

Is this something I need to worry about? If so, is there anything I can do to help?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

What kind of feed are you giving them? Are they getting enough niacin?

post #3 of 5

@lomine has the right questions I think. Leg issues is normally associated with Niacin (Vitamin b3) deficiency. If you're feeding a duck or mixed flock starter it usually has the required niacin but some individuals may still need supplementation.

 

If you're feeding a regular chick started you almost definitely need to supplement. Niacin can be added through Brewers Yeast (This is not yeast, it's a manufacturing byproduct of the beer brewing industry) or B3 vitamin supplements. (These can be found in powder, pill, liquid-gel or liquid drops.) Avoid flush free and time release varieties.

Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Follow my flock on instagram and on my blog herouxpotager.com

 

My Flock: 5 ducks, 2 drakes - All Saxonies.

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Thread Starter 

Great! I hope that's all it is. I am using a multi-flock blend that supposedly contains niacin, but it helps to know that maybe it's not just enough. I will start supplementing and report back if Little Stumbly One starts keeping up again.

 

Thanks!

post #5 of 5

Yeah, some ducklings just need a little bit more. If it is a niacin deficiency, you should see an improvement in about a week. Good luck!

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