We've just received an 8-month-old muscovy male in great health except for quite pronounced angel wings on both sides. Most taping treatments seem to be directed at younger birds. Is there anything we can do at this point? Thanks!
Any help for angel wing on 8-month-old muscovy?
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I was on the goose thread awhile back when someone was asking about an older goose with angel wing and if there was anything that could be done, A member said wait till they molt then once feathers begin to grow back tape she
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I have had good luck with repairing the wing at moult. I used the vet wrap and did a few wraps around the birds body, and then wrapped the wing to the body. It stayed put several days, and when the new feathers came in, the wing was fine. Can't guarantee it will work every time, but worth a shot. Good luck!
It depends on how severe the angel wing is. When it is very pronounced - with the feathers sticking out horizontally from the body - the bone structure in the wing has changed. When the duckling is growing, and nothing is done about a severe case of angel wing, the bone turns and will set like that if no treatment is given. I rehabilitated a duck that was 3-4 years old that had a severe case of angel wing on one side. I wasn't able to reverse it, since the bone was turned, but I was able to make him look normal. I trimmed the feathers that were turned out very close to the ends - so that when his wings were tucked in to his body, nothing poked out. You could still see the wing was twisted, if you knew what you were looking for, but it wasn't as obvious. I would say wrapping after a moult is worth a try - there's no harm in trying - but in the meantime, trim them as close as you can.
One thing to remember - angel wing causes the duck no discomfort. It just looks funny, and probable prevents him from flying, but he isn't in any pain.