2mo gander angel wing

DotandDave

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Hi I picked up an approx 2mo gander yesterday. He has one wing (right side) angel wing. He's a brown Chinese goose.

The tips stick out. It doesn't affect him. He stretches it well.

Otherwise he's healthy, poops are good, drinking fine. Not really eating yet - it's only been 20hrs since he arrived. He's very alert, checking out his new home.

My question - does his wing need strapping? He's still a juvie. I don't think my breeder friend bothered taping him as a gosling.

TIA
 

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beccaWA

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I've raised many ducks (but not geese) but they're all waterfowl. Waterfowl don't do well on chick feed. They need extra niacin. Niacin capsules are fairly cheap and you can just open them up and add the powder to their water. 100-150 mgs to one gallon. This will prevent angel wing. If the bird already has it, tape him and start immediately feeding niacin to all the waterfowl.
 

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I've raised many ducks (but not geese) but they're all waterfowl. Waterfowl don't do well on chick feed. They need extra niacin. Niacin capsules are fairly cheap and you can just open them up and add the powder to their water. 100-150 mgs to one gallon. This will prevent angel wing. If the bird already has it, tape him and start immediately feeding niacin to all the waterfowl.
Niacin is important in waterfowl, but I've yet to read anything suggesting a deficiency in it can cause AW.
 

beccaWA

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Niacin is important in waterfowl, but I've yet to read anything suggesting a deficiency in it can cause AW.
You are so right! I'm sorry, I got my niacin for leg problems mixed up with angel wing. I have 2 ducks now that have angel wing. I've raised many ducklings, and believe it to be genetic (which it can be) Sorry for any misinformation!

I have read that angel wing often occurs with too much carbohydrate (such as in ducks and geese that are fed bread at parks).

(I still stand by my regular practice of feeding ducklings extra niacin in their water, though.)
 

DotandDave

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Niacin is important in waterfowl, but I've yet to read anything suggesting a deficiency in it can cause AW.
Thank you I've read that AW is generally caused by with genetics or too much protein. A low protein diet. We don't have much green grass here for my new goose to peck at. It's summer and all our paddocks are brown. I'm happy to feed him separately to the others, if he needs low protein. I'll start with some brewers yeast and look at some other threads here for a low protein diet.
 

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