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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, nice to see you all again :).

 

In my long time of raising ducks i have never had a problem with niacin until last year. I had always fed start and grow and they all did fine until last year when I did get a lame duck most likely from niacin deficiency. Now I am wondering that if I feed Purina flock raiser

 http://www.purinamills.com/chicken-feed/products/flock-raiser/

instead of feeding start and grow 

http://www.purinamills.com/backyard-poultry/products/start-grow/ 

will that provide the niacin they need instead of me having to measure brewers yeast? ( which I cannot find the proper brewers yeast anywhere )


Edited by buff goose guy - 5/11/16 at 11:01am
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A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
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post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by buff goose guy View Post
 

Hey guys, nice to see you all again :).

 

In my long time of raising ducks i have never had a problem with niacin until last year. I had always fed start and grow and they all did fine until last year when I did get a lame duck most likely from niacin deficiency. Now I am wondering that if I feed Purina flock raiser

 http://www.purinamills.com/chicken-feed/products/flock-raiser/

instead of feeding start and grow 

http://www.purinamills.com/backyard-poultry/products/start-grow/ 

will that provide the niacin they need instead of me having to measure brewers yeast? ( which I cannot find the proper brewers yeast anywhere )


there are options other than just brewers yeast, I can't think of any off the top of my head but I think they do have niacin tablets that can be mixed with their drinking water.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks :)

 

But I don't have much time to keep up with measurements tbh, and a niacin overdose is worse than niacin deficiency :(.

 

If I supply broccoli and some green peas as snacks would they get enough niacin? 


Edited by buff goose guy - 5/11/16 at 11:31am
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by buff goose guy View Post
 

Thanks :)

 

But I don't have much time to keep up with measurements tbh, and a niacin overdose is worse than niacin deficiency :(.

 

If I supply broccoli and some green peas as snacks would they get enough niacin? 


it should be a good boost, I would try it for a bit to see if it helps if not I would add more niacin, research more ways to add niacin if the problem is not resolved.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Ok no problem thank you. 

A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
A breeder of mallards(grey and black), Call ducks (2015 FINALLY!!!), (I also have a seabright and a bantam cochin)
I do not support the 4-h system
Jesus is the king rejoice!
NPIP certified
Reply
post #6 of 6

Better sources of niacin are (in no particular order) cooked potato, cooked mushrooms like portabello, cottage cheese, cooked liver ( which is probably the best source!), 

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