Niacin help

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lovesgliders, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just now read about the high niacin requirements of ducklings. I had NO idea!

    My ducklings are on Purina Start & Grow (medicated) and are 9 days old. They are healthy and active as anything, but I am VERY attached to them and want to do everything right. Should I start adding niacin to their water? I have niacin right here but it is "flush free" capsules that contain 400 mg niacin and 100 mg inositol. I'm unsure if it will harm them or if I even need to do it if they aren't exhibiting leg problems.

    Also, I feed them treats every day (peas, lettuce, mealworms)... should I be giving them grit?

    Thanks in advance! A cute picture for your trouble:

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  2. SaraFL

    SaraFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cute!

    I've raised 1 group of ducklings (about to get my 2nd) and gave them the Sav-a-Chik supplement powder in their water every couple of days. They did not have any problems, but I'm also curious about this, so I'll be glad to read the answers. I got the flush free niacin before I read that it's supposed to be "non-flush free", I don't even know what that all means or what's the difference.
     
  3. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I can only find the Sav-A-Chik at two places online, and neither one offers rush shipping. [​IMG] Darn it. (I live on an island so I can't just pop down to the feed store.)

    You are right that flush-free niacin is the wrong kind. Double darn it!

    I am so worried about my babies. They seem fine but it would kill me for them to develop leg problems.
     
  4. Oddyse

    Oddyse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had ducks with niacin problems leading to leg issues! My oldest developed a pretty bad shakey leg, and then the other leg went all shakey too! But dont worry, if they are fine now they should be ok to wait for any delivery your getting. My ducky's legs cleared up within 2 or 3 days after I started feeding her niacin and she is fine now. I use this and cruch it up in her food everyday.

    http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=68&searchterm=niacin&rdcnt=1

    You should be fine, but I do completely understand your worry, its only natural. Little duckies sure do like to tug on those heart strings!
     
  5. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    American Livestock carries it. I usually get their orders in two business days. Don't know if that helps.
     
  6. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. I actually got overnight shipping on some niacin (regular ol' nicotinic acid) from drugstore.com. Super expensive, of course, but what can ya do? Already these little $5 ducklings are costing me an arm and a leg... just add this to the stock tank and swanky duck house and other UDH (Ultimate Duckie Habitat) supplies that I've put on the credit card this week. LOL
     
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Quote:Where do you live?
     
  8. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Where do you live?

    Vinalhaven island, off the coast of Maine
     
  9. kikidee

    kikidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aside from these special feeds, what foods can I buy to give them that contain grit? I already now which give them nician.
     
  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    most feed stores carry grit, many pet stores carry grit for indoor pet birds.
     

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