Duck with turned in feet


Jun 27, 2013
A little bit better today then yesterday but only one dose given so far
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7 Years
Feb 15, 2012
Central Maine
I was given a mallard today - and I noticed that it's little feet/legs turn in, more than I think they should. I was told that it is a couple months old (that she bought it as a duckling in the spring) - is it too late to do something for it's legs? It can walk, but often steps on it's on feet - and swimming wasn't as much as a breeze as I think it should be.....for a duck. Any suggestions??
It's never too late to try and get results. Get some plain niacin [not the slow release or the no-flush] and add it to their water. I get mine at Wally World, it's behind the counter so you have to ask. It's 500mg pills which I cut into quarters. For babies, I use 1 of these quarter tabs in the qt. waterer I start them off with, every other day for the first week and then they normally go up to a 64 oz. waterer and I still add only 1 quarter tab.. After that is 1 to a gallon of water everyday when they are 3 months old. All ducks and geese need extra niacin so this could be added to everyones water. Chickens can benefit as well so a communal waterer is fine. Niacin is one of the Bs so is water soluble so there isn't much chance of overdosing.

At this point, I wouldn't worry about trying to wrap the foot or leg, just give the niacin and let it learn how to walk. It will be fine. Once they hit the ground, they learn pretty quickly how to compensate and ultimately 'fix' the problem. I have a couple that will still step on their own feet and their feet face straight! Silly buggers. I also have a few that have the inturned feet or foot and they can run, walk and fly with the best of them. Swimming is a non issue with them as well. I have a couple of Mallards right now who are a little iffy about the water. They kinda like it but their swimming is half hearted at best and these have no issues with their feet or legs. They figure it out, trust me. Have patience, ducks are very adaptable and will prove you wrong every chance they get and most often in ways you never thought possible.


Aug 14, 2015
I have a new duckling that is not growing as fast as the others and sits a lot. I noticed her fett are turning inward. What can be done?


Mar 31, 2016
Interesting....I had no idea this could be a niacin deficiency. We have a duck that was given to us and it's legs are turned in and deformed looking- she has been that since a baby, so we thought it was just a deformity. She is slow to get around, but with a ramp built to accommodate her and steps in and out of the "pool", she does just fine. Actually, she is sitting on eggs at the moment, so hopefully will be hatching them sometime in the next week!

Mommy Quack

Mar 13, 2016
I bought 2 ducklings at TS and I'm having problems with one leg & wing. Same side. He can only walk a step or two. Food suggestions? I read in previous post to give nician.


Apr 11, 2016
Rhode Island
My Coop
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Can you elaborate on the problems? While you're at it, tell us what you're feeding them, plus any vitamin supplements and/or treats you've been providing.

Diet is the easiest thing to fix, and is often the usual culprit. Let's start there.


In the Brooder
Nov 30, 2020
I have a pekin duckling that I hatched myself it has one curled foot I noticed it has some red at the end of his toes it doesn't stand up he does the back stroke is there anything I can do to help him

Isaac 0

Jul 19, 2016
I have a pekin duckling that I hatched myself it has one curled foot I noticed it has some red at the end of his toes it doesn't stand up he does the back stroke is there anything I can do to help him

Could you start your own thread on the duck forum, and provide some more information about the duck/ and a few pictures/video?

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