Niacin

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bring, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I offer my ducklings brewers yeast to prevent niacin deficiency or just wait to see if they show symptoms? What about other vitamins?
     
  2. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    There is no reason you can't give it to them.
     
  3. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much? They should be here on Wednesday. They will hatch on Monday.
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brewer's yeast is wonderful stuff--you really can't go wrong with it. And yes, it's best to prevent niacin deficiency rather than treat it later. Just sprinkle it on top of their feed and if you see symptoms, add more. If you want to be more precise, you can use 500mg of niacin from the pharmacy per gallon of water and dissolve it. Make sure you get old-fashioned basic niacin (it won't say that on the bottle--just avoid the slow-release or the flush-free sort) in gel caps--you can just open them up and pour it in the water--swish to dissolve.

    But if it's easy to find, go for the brewer's yeast--it's much easier to use and safer. The other sort can be toxic if you get the dosage too high. [​IMG]
     

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