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Too much protein in their diet causing issues?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 2Badassducks, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. 2Badassducks

    2Badassducks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pair of 3 yr old male Magpies. One lately has developed a slight limp, he's always thirsty and tonight I noticed his vision is not so great. They are fed the same dog food that our dog gets (I know, I know). It's protein content is 24% and they love to eat a piece of cheese each morning. They also get mixed greens. They are mainly house ducks, but do forage or play in the lake for a few hours a day. My only other thought is Niacin deficiency, because of the wobbly legs, but everything I have read about that doesn't mention thirst or vision. His brother has the exact same diet and has zero issues. I'm asking here before we go to the vet. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm am not a nutritionist, but if the other duck is fine, then there is a puzzle.. If you have doubts about the feed , then try switching to Alflock. It is a feed designed to satisfy the need of multi breeds of birds. I think the protein level is around 17% but I don't have a bag to look at and verify. I use it for my chickens, but put contents into barrels to keep out intruders.
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Probably best to get them on something formulated for waterfowl.

    -Kathy
     

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