Niacin pellet help

GallegosD

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Bought 2 baby ducklings yesterday from a feed store and apparently they dont sell feed for ducks, I got unmedicated chick starter which I heard was okay for them. Today I picked up feed that said was %18 niacin but they were pellets. I was told to not feed them pellets until they were 2 or 3 weeks old and I was wondering if they would be okay going 2-3 weeks without niacin or if it would be ok to grind it up a bit and feed it to them that way. Idk if they can overdose on niacin or not.
 

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You can crush them up if you want to add them to feed. What brand of chick starter did you get? A lot of the chick feeds have the minimal amount of niacin ducks need. It takes a bit of googling, but you can usually find the amount of naicin in the feed. However if you have a larger breed, like Pekin, they require even higher levels of naicin and the supplement will be necessary.
 

GallegosD

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You can crush them up if you want to add them to feed. What brand of chick starter did you get? A lot of the chick feeds have the minimal amount of niacin ducks need. It takes a bit of googling, but you can usually find the amount of naicin in the feed. However if you have a larger breed, like Pekin, they require even higher levels of naicin and the supplement will be necessary.
They're silver appleyards. would it be fine to give them just the crushed up pellets or is it better to mix it with the starter? The starter brand is bomgaars I think, don't think it says it has niacin on the bag but I'll try googling.
 

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What do kind of feed is the pellet feed? It just can't be a layer feed. I would probably mix it so they have higher protein levels. They will need the extra protein to grow.

You can also purchase niacin at the pharmacy in the vitamin section. You can crush them. Or if they are gel capsules, you cut them open and pour it on the feed.
 

GallegosD

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What do kind of feed is the pellet feed? It just can't be a layer feed. I would probably mix it so they have higher protein levels. They will need the extra protein to grow.

You can also purchase niacin at the pharmacy in the vitamin section. You can crush them. Or if they are gel capsules, you cut them open and pour it on the feed.
The pellet feed is the one with niacin, it had some other things in it but I'd need to look at it again to see what exactly. And the chick starter grower doesn't say what's in it just says it's for laying and meat birds. It might be awhile to order brewer's yeast online so I'll try finding the niacin capsules at the pharmacy. Assuming they come in like a pill form how many would I give to 2 tiny ducklings
 

GallegosD

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Silver Appleyards are a heavy weight duck ranging anywhere from 8-9lbs and more. I would add a niacin supplement over their feed, preferably nutritional yeast. You can find it on Amazon. I believe they need about 75g of niacin vs a light-medium duck needing 55g.

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Alright I'll try looking for it, hopefully they'll be fine while I wait for it to get here

Here's a picture of the 2 of them
 

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There will definitely be some naicin in the chick starter, you just don't know how much. They would be fine for a few days.

The minimum is 55mg of niacin for every 2.2 pounds of feed. If you put half a pill in their feed or water, they should have plenty. They come in 500mg pills.
 

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