Droopy wing - reasons why?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pbjmaker, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    One of my muscovies is just getting in her flight feathers, etc. and her wings tend to droop now None of the other ducks do this. It's almost like they are just toooo heavy for her to hold up [​IMG] She will fix them and then they slowly droop down again just seconds later.

    Any ideas?

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In the past I have noticed this behavior when a large number of blood or pin feathers are coming in at the same time. As the feathers "mature" the wing should go back to normal.
     
  3. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

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    Quote:2X. Very common with Muscovy when they're getting all their wing feathers in. Once the blood feathers mature, and the weight of the blood is only in the shaft tip, she'll be able to hold them up smoothly without any trouble.
     
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Thanks for the replies I was just gonna go with "she is part serama" [​IMG]
     
  5. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Its your call but I would definetely clip the primaries because sometimes they will stay a little droopy if not clipped and will grow back anyway.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:I will be clipping wings on all of them soon. They do not have a covered pen and I don't need them getting out since I am in the city.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    DO NOT clip while still in the "blood feather" stage or you will have a mess on your hands. Trust me-- I've seen it done.
     
  8. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Quote:Oh I know - it is like a straw and it just keeps on sucking more and more blood out. Some of the older "ducklings" are stretching their wings and taking small hops. Once I see them get any height I will probably snip them.
     

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