Baby duck walking on it's "elbows"???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dinomom, May 16, 2011.

  1. dinomom

    dinomom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, my baby duck just started walking on it's elbows in a wobbly sort of way. I've read this could be a niacin deficiency in their diet. They have only had mashed chicken feed pellets since they hatched. So I guess that's what it is. They are 3 wks old, how is the best way to treat this and what is the best pellet food to feed them from now on. Also I've heard to use brewer's yeast, where do you get that and how do you give it to them? Thanks so much!
     
  2. duckyfromoz

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    What breed of duck is it? Some are more prone to minor leg problems and will do this weird walk for a few days- and then it will go again as suddeny as it appeared with no treatment. With others - it can be a sign of a deficiency in the diet.

    It can be a sign of weakness/ deficiency - but can also be casued by a slipped tendon. Dietary causes are much easier to fix. Brewers yeast can just be added to the diet by spreading over the food.
     
  3. DuckDuckDuckGoose

    DuckDuckDuckGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The easy way to start is to put some 'Chick-Saver' in their water, it gives them all the suppliments they need. and its cheap.
    Hope this helps,
    T.
     
  4. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Chick Saver will not have the amount of niacin needed to help a duck that is already exhibiting leg issues due to a niacin deficiency. Brewers yeast or a vitamin B mix is what the duck would specifically need.
     
  5. dinomom

    dinomom Out Of The Brooder

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    We have Rouens, last night I dissolved 100mg of Niacin into their water. Should I also get Brewer's yeast for on top of their food? Also, what is the best pellet to feed them on a daily basis? Thanks very much!
     
  6. duckyfromoz

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    I have never supplemented any of my ducks with Niacin- but only a multivitamin - but I have read that there are two different kinds in capsule form. You could do a search on here to find out more about which is better to give them.

    Rouens- like pekins are a big fast growing bird- so it would be best to keep the supplements going until they are around 8 weeks old- or living outside where they can forage.
     
  7. DuckDuckDuckGoose

    DuckDuckDuckGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thankyou duckyfromoz for correcting me on that, Chick-saver does have a little VitaB12 in it but no niacin. Thanks for pointing that out, I thought it did have some niacin, My Bad.
    Thanks,
    T.
     
  8. dinomom

    dinomom Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read that there's 2 types of brewer's yeast. If so I was going to go to GNC tonight to buy some, is it in powder form? You just sprinkle some on top of the food? Or is it more technical than that? Also our local feed store only carries chicken pellets. Where can I get duck food and what specific type should I get? Sorry for all the questions, I'm still learning and I want to have healthy, happy little ducks:D..Thanks so much!
     
  9. DuckDuckDuckGoose

    DuckDuckDuckGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, just sprinkle some in food, and the best all around food is Purina Flock Riser. It has the right amout of protine and the other stuff they need. except niacin and brewers yeast;) lol
    T.
     

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