Please help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Josiecast, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Josiecast

    Josiecast Just Hatched

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    My sister recently purchased 2 ducks for Easter we aren't sure whether they are male or female. But about 3 days ago the larger duck stopped walking, it wobbles around to get to its food but won't go far. It plays in the pool but not for long either. We noticed blood on it and figured it was from the other duck poking at it so we bought it Blue-Kote for the wounds. It's still limping and we noticed that it lost its appetite. We were going to take it to the vet but our local vet has never treated ducks before. I read that it may be lacking vitamins, any advice will help. Thanks!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Sounds like they need niacin.....I will call out to Miss Lydia..:)
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    @Miss Lydia
     
  4. Josiecast

    Josiecast Just Hatched

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    [​IMG] Thanks I really appreciate it
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Josiecast what are you feeding your ducklings? are you supplementing with some form of niacin? Most of the time when we hear of leg problems like lameness it is because of a niacin deficiency and can be treated by supplementing, You will need to get 150 mgs of "plain" niacin and start putting it into their drinking water or sprinkling it on their feed. Or get some Nutritional yeast and sprinkle it on their feed. 1 Tab per 1 cup of feed they will need this till 10 weeks old daily. If you decide you want to use niacin instead of BY or can't find either you can also use B complex as long as there is at least 125 mgs of niacin in each capsule or tablet.

    Usually once they are started on the niacin supplement it doesn't take long till they are up walking again. 3-7 days.
     
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  6. DwayneNLiz

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    i would also look on the bottoms of its feet for any cuts or bumbles
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC! Sure could be a niacin deficiency or some sort of injury, like bumblefoot, but it could be other things, so best to have the vet do a thorough exam.
     
  8. Josiecast

    Josiecast Just Hatched

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    would i buy that at my local feed store?
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You get niacin from the human vitamin section of most stores.
     
  10. Josiecast

    Josiecast Just Hatched

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    I'm currently feeding them full o pep feeds that I bought from my local feed store. My other duck is doing fine its just my larger one that does not wanna walk.
     

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