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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kim65, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    from local feedstore. The owner is venturing into selling chicks/ducklings and is on that steep learning curve, and last week she GAVE me five sickly ducklings (three runners and two mysteries). I could tell by the symptoms they needed B vitamins (unable to walk, puny). I lost one little runner the moment I got home [​IMG] and a second little runner a day later. At that point I discovered Vitamin E "muscular dystrophy" and started popping Vit E capsules into dried meal worms/greens and now all three survivors are running around like crazy. I am guessing they are three weeks old.

    Three questions I was unable to find googling or searching here: How long should I supplement the Vitamin E? It is fat soluable and I assume it could cause toxicity at some point. Right now I am doing three Vit E capsules (one per duckling) every OTHER day (after several days of every day). They are eating chick starter, get chopped greens daily and dried meal worms.

    Should we (who are using chick starter rather than waterfowl starter) begin Vit E and Vit B (I use brewer's yeast) from hatch to prevent?

    Do you folks who use Mazuri waterfowl feed every have these issues?

    These questions are for me and for the lady trying to expand her feed store services [​IMG]

  2. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    Good job!!!!![​IMG]
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    The feed should have some vitamins in it. If they are eating well and you are giving them greens and meal worms, I don't think you should have to continue with the vitamins. You have done a great job. I use a chick starter only because I can only get duck grower in my area. Mazuri feeds are just too expensive. Good luck. [​IMG]
  4. DuckLover9138

    DuckLover9138 Chirping

    Apr 13, 2011
    You can always drop a multivitamin? I assume if they are truly deficient, it won't be a problem.

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