Confused about Niacin

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DellaMyDarling, May 20, 2019.

  1. Knighstar679

    Knighstar679 Crowing

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    Just did a bath with dandelions and grass floating in the water. They enjoyed it. Nummed up a bunch of the flower part then began on the stems. Now they are happily preening on my shoulder.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I feed mine daily dandelions and other grasses..
     
  3. Knighstar679

    Knighstar679 Crowing

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    I planted, wheat and barely grass in their pen, plus marigolds. Dandelions grow in it. For now I just have to go out and clip to give right now.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They definitely love Marigolds the buggers..:gig
     
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  5. DellaMyDarling

    DellaMyDarling Songster

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    My ducks are confused.
    Confused about foraging.
    Confused about free ranging.
    These skills would make my job caring for them easier.
     
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  6. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    Niacin is needed, so if the feed your feeding doesnt have enough niacin in it, youd have to supplement right?

    i cant buy waterflowl feed within 4 hours of where i live

    Did you know vitamins lose their potency over time and some b vitamins completely lose their value? the feeds made in huge batches
     
  7. quackiemama

    quackiemama Crowing

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    I also give my dog brewer's yeast and I cannot believe how it put a pep in her step like her hips do not bother her anymore. I give the ducks Nutritional Yeast flakes sprinkled on their food a few times a week. Babies get it always.
     
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  8. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    Well, it sure worked on my runners in just a matter of days! My duck's legs were shaking so bad she'd collapse and once I start the B-complex it stopped so I would suggest that you not disregard the success of using it!
     
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  9. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    Actually I could be wrong but I think when @WannaBeHillBilly broke his leg he was using it! ON HIMSELF!
     
  10. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted To Birds

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    For babies I use gamebird / turkey starter... adults get All Flock. I don’t provide Niacin but I haven’t had issues yet, plus they free range so I’m sure that helps.
    Here are my 8 ducks:
    2 pekins, 4 Khaki Campbells, a Call Duck, and an Ancona
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