6 week old mallard with drooping wing

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Maddiejayne, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Maddiejayne

    Maddiejayne Chirping

    Oct 26, 2017
    My six week old Mallard appears to have one wing that droops down, so much she sometimes trips when walking. It’s only the one wing. My worry is that this if this is a deficiency problem or normal and something the baby duck will grow out of Or encumbrance that Will affect her longevity? I’ll attach pictures to see if this is normal or common.

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  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    At this age it could be nutritional, angel wing, or injury. Head on over to Youtube and do a search for videos on how to wrap a duck's wing. Hopefully after a week or two of being wrapped/pinned in place it can heal/strengthen and your duck will be able to hold it normally. You've got a good shot at this since your duck is still growing.

    Perhaps @casportpony can give you some more advice or knows a good link that shows how to wrap a wing.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Mary Did You Know....

    How long has the wing been like that?Have you examined it real well? It
    might be broken?
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  4. TheAmundsons

    TheAmundsons Songster

    Mar 11, 2018
    Vermillion, SD
    I'm not able to help, but that's a beautiful duckling you have!
  5. Savager

    Savager Chirping

    Nov 14, 2018
    Sometimes at that age the blood feathers growing in a can weigh down the wing, or it could be angel wing, but angel wing is usually more out to the side. If it is angel wing, you can try wrapping it in place and make sure they have enough niacin in their food.
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  6. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

    Mar 12, 2018
    NSW, Australia
    My Coop
    It could be slipped wing but I’m not sure.
  7. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds All quackd out

    Apr 17, 2017
    Either way I think I would wrap this wing up for a few days and see if it improves. It could just be blood feathers being heavy. . but since you say it's tripping over it already I would be concerned it may end up injuring it :hmm
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I agree. Try wrapping the wing close to the body. Good luck.
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Mary Did You Know....

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2019
  10. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds All quackd out

    Apr 17, 2017
    Miss Lydia and chickens really like this.

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