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R.R. Book

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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2019, 06:31:30 AM »
Just a follow-up on the duck that was in heat distress:

She is doing a lot better now, and opted for a little bath this morning, into which I tossed some fresh chunks of watermelon for a healthy snack...





We're also now offering the hens and ducks a free-choice bowl of coarse salt in summer, in addition to the sea salt mixed into their food.  It needs to be sited away from non-halophyte crops that don't like salty soil.  :)
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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2019, 11:58:26 AM »
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We're also now offering the hens and ducks a free-choice bowl of coarse salt in summer, in addition to the sea salt mixed into their food.  It needs to be sited away from non-halophyte crops that don't like salty soil.  :)
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You just answered a question I've had brewing for weeks now--whether to feed sea salt and/or kelp to the guineas.  How much sea salt do you mix with a given amount of food?
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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2019, 12:01:25 PM »
Our rule during all but peak heat is one "fat pinch" per bucket of feed, meaning that all four fingers plus thumb are used to pick it up out of the bulk sea salt jar.  Two or three "fat pinches" are used in summer heat  :)

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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2019, 05:38:13 AM »
I've been studying veterinary manuals on duck care, and have learned that there are individual ducks that may need larger amounts of niacin (B3) at given times than other ducks need, depending upon external and internal stresses. 

Have been experimenting with ways to deliver the niacin which ensure that it is consumed and not wasted.  What has been working here has been to slather a generous amount of butter on a piece of whole grain bread, then break open a 500 mg capsule of niacin onto the bread (it has no bitter taste).  The free niacin is rubbed into the butter with one finger, swirling it around on the bread until the white powder is fully absorbed, which takes just a few seconds.

Then the duck is situated in a tub or small pond and the buttered bread is broken into bite-sized pieces and thrown onto the water for the duck to grab in her bill.  I have seen an eye disorder heal itself overnight with this treatment, and am hoping it will address a leg disorder, which is common in ducks.  :)

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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2019, 09:21:56 PM »
RR wow that is great stuff!

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Re: Land Ducks
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2019, 04:00:09 PM »
Fascinating!  So land ducks are as diverse as any other species, it seems.  Congrats on your  insights and ability to doctor on the ones who might need more diligent care.

 

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