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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:44 am 
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Can some one explain?

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Angel Wing in Ducks and Geese

Angel wing, also known as slipped wing, crooked wing or drooped wing, is a condition of ducks and geese where the last joint of the wing is twisted and the wing feathers point out, and do not lay smooth against the body.

It is more common in geese and typically in either the left wing or both wings, only rarely in the right wing only. Males develop it more than females. The birds that develop the problem are perfectly healthy, they are just not as beautiful.

Because of the discussions I have heard over the years on the cause of angel wing, I did a search for all research on the subject. The best article was one written by Janet Kear, who is the Senior Scientific Officer of The Wildlife Trust in Great Britain. Some of the researchers feel the condition is genetic, but others have proven it is not. Because she works with waterfowl from many parts of the world, Ms. Kear has come to the conclusion that it is a nutritional problem due to excess feed.

She has found that waterfowl that normally mature in the Arctic environment do not show any angel wing because of their naturally fast growth. It does appear, however, in those species that come from a more temperate environment where they grow slower under natural feeding conditions. But by feeding them unlimited, high protein, high energy feed, they grow unnaturally fast and their wing weight seems to outgrow the strength of the wing to support it. Further proof of this is from another article that said "If their wings start drooping they are put on a diet of alfalfa pellets (instead of Chick Growena) until the condition clears up."

The only wild waterfowl populations known to be affected are those fed by man. In Sweden, ten different park populations of Canada geese produced angel wing. The following year one flock was not fed any artificial feed and there were no angel wing goslings produced.

Ms. Kear's suggestions are to not feed high protein, high energy feed (such as turkey feed), provide plenty of room for exercise, keep in small groups, provide plenty of grass or green feed and keep the pen dark at night if possible so less eating occurs. If you do notice a twisted wing, however, you can form a sling to hold the wing in place to allow proper development.

Just an article I found may explain


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WOW thankyou!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:08 pm 
regardless what you believe caused the problem, it is broken bones, so therefore:

if you tape the wing to itself and leave the tape on until they are fully feathers, this will fix the problem, but remember, the sooner you get to the break the better the heal.

I have fixed ever bird that has got it, and it only ever occurs if I over crowd the males, they fight and grab the wings, left or right does not matter and break them. They also grab females, but only occasionally break their wings.

But muscovies heal very well, I have broken the leg of a young girl and then penned her, feed and watered her for a week, and it was all healed.

Another case was a little girl I own that sleep on a wooden block, the reason she did this was because her back had been broken that many times it had frozen, so she could not raises her head off the ground more than 5 inches.

I have also killed drakes at 6 months old to eat, and they have a "S" back, the back has been broken a few times and fused. They still have a happy life with their injuries.

So it is up to you to fix or not, if you have a bird that has a old injury, you can trim the feathers to make it easier for them.


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Hi,

I have 2 young ducks at the moment, about 6 weeks old, and one has developed a slipped wing, it just appeared one day. I want to fix his/her wing, what do i need for this? A splint and tape? Does he/she need to be contained in a small area for a while?
Any help would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:50 pm 
You need to tape the wing to itself and leave on until the duck is fully feather then cut the tape off.

If fixed good, if not, you tried. You do not need to keep her away from the others, she will be fine.

What colour is she, are you going to show with her??


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Thanks BB,

He's a brownish colour, just crossbred bantam ducks i think, but i only have them as pets so i won't be showing ducks, unless i can get some Saxony's lol! i think the one with angel wing is the male as he is very quiet and the 'girl' quacks loudly.

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Broken Bird wrote:
You need to tape the wing to itself and leave on until the duck is fully feather then cut the tape off.

If fixed good, if not, you tried. You do not need to keep her away from the others, she will be fine.


What type of tape? I have a small mallard with this condition. Won't water remove the tape? Lemme guess....drum roll please.....'DUCK' tape???

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