Do outsdie ducklings rasied by mom need niacin supplement too?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kitkatbahr, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. kitkatbahr

    kitkatbahr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2009
    Merritt Island, FL

    I have a Muscovy hen with two ducklings that hatched out 3 weeks ago. They have been outside with mom in their pen since day 1. They are eating unmedicated chick starter and anything else they find (lots of flies -they are really good at catching them!). There is grass in their pen, along with some weeds and I have seen them eating grass. I am not sure what they eat naturally that gives them niacin. Do they need it supplemented if they live outside like this? I am supplementing Sunny, my inside pekin baby, but it is because she lives inside (although she goes outside everyday to forage and play in her tub). I haven't been supplementing the muscovy ducklings. Then I thought about it today and wondered should I be supplementing them? I know what niacin is for (leg problems, etc) but where does it come from naturally?

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    As far as I know, insects, creepy-crawlies, things in the animal kingdom contain niacin.
  3. Happycheese

    Happycheese Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2010
    Carlisle, PA
    "The terms niacin, nicotinamide, and vitamin B3 are often used interchangeably to refer to any member of this family of compounds, since they have the same biochemical activity
    niacin deficiency in humans is called pellagra it tends to occur in areas where people eat maize (corn, the only grain low in niacin) as a staple food."

    Listed on the site (posted what ducks, or bugs, might eat):

    "Niacin is found in variety of foods including liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes and is also synthesized from tryptophan, which is found in meat, dairy and eggs.

    Fruits and vegetables:
    leaf vegetables
    sweet potatoes

    whole grain products
    saltbush seeds

    brewer's yeast"
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I've never supplemented any of my ducklings (brooder or mom raised) with niacin. I've never had a leg problem, except hatch-related issues, but never had a problem with my Muscovy ducklings.

    I will sometimes add a little Avia Charge 2000 to the water if i have chicks, but that's the only time i use vitamins. They've all done very well on their own so far. [​IMG]
  5. Happyflower

    Happyflower Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2009
    I noticed on that list avocados were listed, I know they are poisonous to my cockatiel, I assume they would be for ducks too.
  6. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    I don't think they do if they are outside. Momma duck shows them the ropes and what to eat and waht not to eat. I had 2 ducklings inside for a few day and the rest were outside with there mom and the ducklings outside were almost twice the size of mine inside, more lively, and active. I would say if they have room to forage around and food avaible you don't need to suppliment anything.
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:mostly plants, unprocessed grains work pretty well too. once I can get my birds outside and grazing I forget about Niacin supplements.

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