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Can I give B Complex to my chickens and ducks.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nlossing, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. nlossing

    nlossing New Egg

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    We used to have a couple of goats, and one of the survival things we had on hand was Vitamin B Complex for a boost if need be. What I was wondering is if I could put this in my chicken and ducks water? Our male Pekin duck has developed a cough, because our weather is cold one day and warm the next. I mean not just cold I mean 30's during the day to teens at night then high 50's the next day. So the birds are up and down. Even though they have a 200 w light on all day and given warm water to drink this is no match for fluctuating weather. Please help if any ideas on using this vitamin.
     
  2. uphilljill

    uphilljill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have goats and sometimes give newly hatched chicks and sick/injured chickens Vitamin B Complex in their water if I don't have a poultry specific vitamin on hand. B Complex vitamins are water soluble and hard to overdose - like goats they should just excrete what they don't use - but birds don't need much. I usually just add 1/2 - 1 cc to a gal of water.

    An occasional vitamin boost won't hurt them. But if your duck has a cough and some kind of respiratory illness, he may need antibiotics. I don't have ducks, but others here may be able to help you determine that.
     
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  3. nlossing

    nlossing New Egg

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    The vitamin B complex I have is an injection vitamin. Does that matter if it is an injection and I use it as an oral. and does it hurt to give it to egg layer s because the ducks and the chicken share the same water.
     
  4. uphilljill

    uphilljill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I've used as well. It's not ideal (since it's not labeled or formulated specifically for poultry) but if it's all you have on hand it will work in a pinch.

    I'm not a vet, but my understanding is that since it's a vitamin (and not a medicine or dewormer) there is no withdrawal time for your egg flock. It won't hurt any of them (may even help with a deficiency or stress) but it also won't cure anyone who has an infection or disease. Most labels say: No multi-vitamin supplement can be recommended for specific disease treatment.

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/167/vitamin-b-deficiencies

    Good luck with your duck.
     
  5. nlossing

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    Tthanks so much I'll see what i can do for my Pekin duck. I think your right about an upper respiratory. Thanks again.
     

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