How to fix Angel Wing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sparkypatriot15, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Angel Wing is a crooked wing malfunction common in waterfowl. When a bird has Angel Wing, the last joint in the wing becomes twisted, causing the feathers to stick out from the bird's sides instead of laying flat against its body like it should. Angel WIng is aquired in young birds, usually because of a high calorie/ protein diet or simply can be a genetic that causes unusual development in the wing. if the joint is allowed to continue growing at this angel, it may cause the bird to become partially or completely unable to fly and will usually result in increased disease and early death of the bird. most common in males, and if it only appears in one wing, it is usually the left wing. there is no medicine that you can give the bird to cure it, but there are ways to fix and prevent Angel Wing.
    first of all, to try to prohibit Angel Wing from forming in the first place, regulate the protein/calorie/sugar intake of the bird. it is advised that you do not feed waterfowl bread or chicken feed, because this will often result in the development of angel wing. however, it can be genetic and form despite any precautions. if this does happen, here is how to fix it:

    When my mallard duckling, Joey, was only a few weeks old, i started noticing something odd about her left wing. it was crooked, and she couldnt fully streach it out this was her when i first noticed:

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    i was confused, but i brushed it off my mind, assuming it was normal. a few weeks later, as her wings started to develop feathers and joints, i saw that one of her wings laid flat against her side, while the other stuck awkwardly out. after doing a lot of research, i came to the conclusion that she had Angel Wing

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    see the blue part sticking out in the picture above? that was the strange wing. Thats what Angel Wing looks like when it begings to form. however, it was still too small for me to wrap up to begin to fix it, so i had to let her wing continue to grow. whenever she flapped her wings, you could see that the odd wing was still crooked and twisted.

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    finally, her wing had grown enough. this is her right before i started to fix her Angel Wing problem. see how the wing in the back is sticking out while the one in the front is laying flat?
    in order to fix Angel Wing, you wrap the wing up into the position in which it is supposed to be. make sure this is one while the joints and feathers in the wing are still developing.
    here are some pictures of Joey after i wrapped up her wing:

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    the material i used to wrap up her wings was the same that i used to bind the cast to my dog's leg when he broke his paw a few months earlier. its simply waterproof medical tape. yes, the birds WILL complain when you bind their wings and they will slightly be off balance at first because they are not used to not being able to move their wings. but dont worry, they are fine. having their wings bound for a few days is much better than having an awkwardly jutting wing for the rest of their lives. you leave the medical tape on until the feathers have developed properly and the wing no longer looks odd. this can take anywhere from a few short days to a couple of weeks. here is my duckling when we removed her bandages:

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    her wing finally laid flat against her side when it should and was not crooked when she moved it. during the whole fixing-of-the-angel-wing with Joey, i cut down on the food i had been recently giving her and started instead feeding her other foods such as grass, iceburg lettuce, carrots, and other greens. Today, she is a happy healthy young duck and has no problems with her once-crooked wing [​IMG]

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    i hope this thread helped anyone having problems with angel wing!!!![​IMG]
     
  2. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow that did fix it! I had a Muscovy duck like that once and no matter how much I tried I just couldn't get it to grow back to normal. He had a rare case of having it on both wings. I got one straightened out but the other was way worse, stuck out at a 90 degree angle. Well I got it to where it didn't stick out sideways but it was still awkwardly askew. Eventually I gave up and just trimmed his wing so that it didn't look so bad. Good job with the Mallard! Angel wing is difficult to rid of.
     
  3. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you bind his wings and feed him a lot of greens? I'm glad you were able to fix it a little though!!!! And thanks! :)
     
  4. RaspberryMommy

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    I just posted a question about one of my chicks. Someone thought it was Angel Wing but I have never heard of a chicken getting it. What do you think?
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  5. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did not know a chick could get angel wing either? It could be, but there also could be something wrong with the chick's wing
     
  6. HMcDonald

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    Hello,

    I have a pair of Mallard Ducks (aprox 2 months old) my drake has developed "angel wing" just in the last two or three days. I see how you wrap it but is it possible you or someone can post a video showing how to place the wing then wrap it? I dont want to mess his wings up... I have only fed them "game bird" stater and grower. but... they seem to eat a lot. I do feed them lettuce often and mill worms as a treat. They have definitely grown very fast. I hope I can fix it if its not too late. Please reply asap. Thanks.
     
  7. Sparkypatriot15

    Sparkypatriot15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry it has taken so long to reply, a tree just fell and cut our Internet wires. Can you please take a picture of their wings so I can see what stage it is at? Don't panic, angel wing is very curable and it's not permanent until the blood leaves the feathers in the growing wings. If the wings are only drooping then it may not be angel wing, just normal growth. I don't have any videos of wrapping the angel wing but I can help make sure you do it right- just try to tuck the wing in like the normal wing and then wrap it up like I showed in the thread- medical tape is best. And try to feed them duck "ducks only" feed or "waterfowl feed" if you can :)
     
  8. bardies

    bardies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did this chick ever get better, grow out of it, get treated, or just grow up with a wonky wing?
     
  9. CupidsDelite

    CupidsDelite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my goslings has just started developing this in both wings. Bound them today with vet-rap. I took the starter they had been eating away from them. They graze in the yard well anyway. I hope that's enough. I'll be looking more into what I can supplement them with this summer when the grass starts drying and the quality goes down.
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  10. HerbGir1972

    HerbGir1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our Sebastopol has this issue with it's wing. I'm going to wrap her, and change the waterer for a couple days sp she doesn't soak the tape.
    Luckily they are used to us messing with her, she had terrible.straddle leg when she was younger. We fixed easily.
     

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