Bald spot on goose "thumb" (alula)

slburger7264

In the Brooder
Jan 21, 2021
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Hello!

I have a five year old female Embden and I just noticed the other day that she has bald spot on both of her "thumbs" (see picture, sorry it is blurry!). Is this normal? Other than missing a few feathers there, the area seems to be fine and isn't abnormally red or hot like it might be if she had an infection. I have another 6 month old female and I checked out her wings for reference and her "thumbs" seem to be mostly feathered. I might be overthinking this, but I wanted to see if anyone else has noticed something similar on their geese. Thank you!
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Goosebaby

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Nov 10, 2019
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One of my ganders has that from repeatedly using his wings to smack others around, usually me, I’m guessing some kind of ware spots.
 

slburger7264

In the Brooder
Jan 21, 2021
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One of my ganders has that from repeatedly using his wings to smack others around, usually me, I’m guessing some kind of ware spots.
Thanks! That is kind of what I was thinking. We’ve had our birds penned up at night since winter started and I think she has a habit of flapping her wings in close quarters.
 

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