Cayuga Duckling Seizure

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kingkaitv, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. kingkaitv

    kingkaitv New Egg

    Sep 11, 2016
    Hello! I am very concerned for my Cayuga duckling who is two weeks old. Compared to his brother, he does not walk much (sits down a lot, sits to drink & eat, etc) but still walks and is much bigger than the other. I noticed he may have leg problems (trouble walking) so I started to add niacin to their feed or water. But tonight while I had them out of their pen, his legs went out, he fell to his belly, started shaking then went stiff. I picked him up to try to calm him but his neck was stiff into his back and legs stiff out towards his tail. I got extremely scared and nervous. After 30 seconds to a minute his body went back to normal and we put him in his pen. He was wobbly and took awhile to walk correctly. i researched and noticed many ducks get seizures but it terrifies me. What can I do to prevent this!? I've been feeding them non medicated chick started and providing them with chopped lettuce every now and then. They get clean water and the chick starter 24/7
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    How much niacin are you adding? Is it plain or timed-release or no-flush? I am not a chemist, but I have read that plain niacin is the best type to use.

    Here is something I wrote up about what I have seen on the forums over the last few years, and from some things I have read.


    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.

    Generally, folks who supplement with brewer’s yeast use a tablespoon per cup of food.

    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.

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