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young duckling walking strange

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aham999, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. aham999

    aham999 Out Of The Brooder

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    My duckling is about 11 days old. She was walking around and I noticed she was walking with one foot on top of the other and kept falling. She is completely unbalanced and when she runs it's sideways. It looks like her leg is curving in. Does anyone know what this means?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Most likely B vitamin deficiency.

    For this you can:

    Add plain (plain, not no-flush, not timed release) niacin - B3 - at 150 mg niacin per gallon of drinking water for two or three months.
    or
    Add B Complex vitamins (using the B3 at 150 mg niacin per gallon) to the drinking water for two or three months.
    or
    Add 1 tablespoon of nutritional (not baking, not wine or beer making) yeast per cup of food for two or three months.

    Improvement is often seen within a week.

    One other possibility is that she has ingested something toxic. If she is otherwise okay, it is probably the B vitamins.
     
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