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I have recently gotten two ducklings. We do not know the breed, but one of them has increasingly become bow-legged to the point where it trips over its feet whenever it walks a couple of steps. It does not seem to have too much troubles as it is just a tad slow, but I am worried that there is something that we need to keep an eye on. The duckling stays by the food and water.
 
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I'm not sure, but I've heard that ducklings raised on just chicken type feed can have bad leg problems. Talked with a retired farmer who is still quite distraught about the ducks and the leg issues. Ducks need more nutritionally than chickens do. Niacin, a B-vitamin can make the difference.

Not sure if a nutritional deficiency isthe trouble you are seeing, though, or something else is going on. There are the infection issues too. See: PoultryKeeper.com Lameness and Leg Problesm

Hope it works out.
 
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We got some general poultry feed for them since getting pure duck feed is hard in my area. I would think it would work since it had ducks on the package, but I will see about possibly finding some nutrients stuff for them. I will check into everything else you mentioned. Thanks for the help!
 
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It's likely a niacin deficiency. If you have chicken feed make sure it's not the medicated and you will need to supplement with some form of niacin.  You can drop in a tablet into their water, feed them brewers yeast or feed snacks with lots of niacin.  With the duck already showing leg issues I would get the 100mg niacin tablet and drop it in a gallon of water.  Google it as needed, but you will want to do that or the brewers yeast to try and correct the issue with the duckling.  Lots of good duck care details on this site: https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2018/05/ducks-need-niacin-aka-ducks-love-peas.html

 
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Ducks may be on the bag so that they can use the bag for all the animals on the bag, saving printing costs.  The tag is the important bit.  It should indicate what animal the feed is for, if it's medicated or not, organic or not, what percentage is protein and fat, fortified or not, and various amounts of vitamins and minerals.  

Please make sure you have the right feed and, if not, do your best to get it tomorrow, as well as the niacin, if it's the issue.  It's best to have at least two of every animal, which you've done, but it's generally best to allow for loss, especially if you're starting with an animal that's new to your.
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions, it does say on the bag that it is a start feed for ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys. In fact, it shows on the back that the ducks should be fed this for a longer amount of time than chickens.
I will be getting the suppliment in the very near future.
 
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Does it show how much protein is in it?
 
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It says 20%. It is the Purina premium poultry feed flock raised crumbles if that helps any.
 
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I've never raised ducks, but every turkey starter I've seen has been 28%.  20% seems low to me but it wouldn't be responsible for the leg issue.  Does it show any niacin?
 
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Yes, but it is mid late in the list of ingredients. It does not show the exact amount in it.
 
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If you've got some bread yeast, I'd give them that.  It's pretty much the same thing as brewer's yeast without the flavour profile.  I expect the niacin and vitamin B is the same.  It's actually a pretty good addition for many animals, including dogs, chickens, cows, pigs, etc.
 
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Well thank you for helping me out! I will definitely be looking for some niacin next time I go out! Glad to know that it is not probably not a disease, that was my main concern!
 
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