Niacin Deficiency? Video added!

HilaryAkin

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Hi all,

I have a week and a half old duckling. I noticed she is not getting around well, lays down a lot, and is wobbly. Today I saw her hock joint (??) on one foot is enlarged (see pic below) and she won't put weight on it. Does this sound like niacin deficiency? I went to the local feed store today and get a Durvet Vitamin and electrolyte supplement for their water.

If not a niacin issue, a sprain or something? It almost looks like her hock joint is bruised and that leg is peeling a bit...

Any insight would be appreciated as I already love my little Penelope and want her to grow up healthy.


Thanks,
Hilary
 

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ChickenCanoe

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What are you feeding? You can use brewer's yeast as a niacin supplement. Ducklings need about 10 mg of niacin per day. You need about 1.5 tsp of yeast added to each cup of feed.
 

HollowOfWisps

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Enlarged hocks and trouble walking are both signs of a niacin deficiency. Pekins being a large breed require extra niacin and Purina only has the recommended amount for average sized ducklings. Since your duckling is showing multiple signs of a deficiency I would highly recommend Durvet's B complex (carried by most farm/ag stored) given at 1 ml per day.
 

HilaryAkin

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Enlarged hocks and trouble walking are both signs of a niacin deficiency. Pekins being a large breed require extra niacin and Purina only has the recommended amount for average sized ducklings. Since your duckling is showing multiple signs of a deficiency I would highly recommend Durvet's B complex (carried by most farm/ag stored) given at 1 ml per day.
They didn’t have it at our local one ugh. I only got the supplement with some niacin in it. Is that enough? I could order the complex online but it would take time.
 

ChickenCanoe

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They didn’t have it at our local one ugh. I only got the supplement with some niacin in it. Is that enough? I could order the complex online but it would take time.
No one can tell unless you know how much 'some' niacin is in it.
As I said, they need 10 mg of niacin per day.
I would think you can find some brewer's yeast at any grocery store. That would be a great supplement at 1.5 tsp per cup of feed.
I’m not right next to it, but looked it up and it says :

Niacin
10,000 Mg min​
But 10,000 mg per how much?
10,000 mg per 100 grams, 1000 grams or 10,000 grams?
 

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