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Poly Vi Sol and ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by azhenhouse, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, It has finally happened to me. I have a duckling that I am sure is suffering from a niacin deficiency. She has all the symptoms. I live in a small town and the right feed is sometimes hard to find. I am feeding the ducklings Flock Raiser, which has the right amount of protein in it for them, but no niacin or very little. I have been adding Nutri-Drench to their drinking water for vitamins, niacin, etc. However, I don't think there is enough niacin in it for this girl. I went out at 8:30 last night to our three stores (Walgreen's, Wal-mart, and Safeway) to find non "non-flush" niacin, and could not find any. I did find the Poly VI Sol, and administered half of the recommended dose for human babies to her, that would be .5mL. A full dose of niacin in this product is 8mg for 1mL. Call me crazy, but she seems to be walking better this morning. I want to give her another doze but I am not sure how much or how often I should. Keeping in mind that they have Nutri-Drench in their drinking water how much Poly Vi Sol should I give her, and how often. I don't want her to overdose on vitamins.

    In the meantime, I did order the poult pak from Metzer Farms. Hopefully, it will be here soon. Once I receive it I will stop using the Nutri-Drench and Poly Vi Sol. I used it with my last ducklings and they were all well. I simply forgot to order it this go round.
    UPDATE: The Poly Vi Sol is working. The ducking has greatly improved.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012
  2. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a baby that got wry neck at 8 days old, which then evolved into stargazing. She was fed purina unmedicated start n grow. I treated her with kale salad tossed in one full drop polyvisol, 3x per day. After one week, she was 100% recovered. She is now two months old and has not had another issue.
     
  3. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I decided to give her half of a drop since she was also drinking the Nutri-Drench, and she has had a significant improvement. I think she is even starting to grow, but that could be that she is standing taller now. I am so glad it is working.
     
  4. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    I usually just dip the bills into the vitamin, allowing them to take what they will...this usually gets a bit in, especially if they (hopefully) volunteer to take some in. After a few days of this, a few drops in the water probably wouldn't hurt since you are not feeding them a duck/waterfowl targeted food.
     
  5. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad to hear it! I think polyvisol is the wonder cure for so many duckling issues. FYI, it is best to continue dose until all symptoms gone, then slowly taper off dose over a few days.
     
  6. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an FYI--I just starting using the polyvisol for one of my ducklings (who is on a waterfowl starter, by the way, so that's no guarantee that you won't have problems either), so I can't offer any advice but this: get the kind WITHOUT iron. Iron is very easy to overdose and an OD can be lethal.
     

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