Is it too late to fix Angel Wing?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AwlOrganikLizz, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. AwlOrganikLizz

    AwlOrganikLizz Out Of The Brooder

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    My ducks are 4 months old now. Both wings on my Cayuga are effected and one wing on my Blue Swedish. I'm new to having ducks and thought they were just awkwardly growing, even looked up the funky wings on the internet and nothing came up until recently I figured out it was "Angel Wing". They came out of an assorted domestic bunch at a hatchery, I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I have read their diet has a lot to do with it but I don't think that's the case with these two. Anyway, is it too late to fix this? I've only seen people fix it on babies but mine are pretty large now. Also if it is fixable I'd like some input on how to go about it. Thank you all! Hoping for some quick replies.
     
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  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, I don't think it's fixable at this point. You can really only successfully treat angel wing before their first flight feathers come in (when the wings are still cartilage and not bone), at least as far as I know and have had experience with. Maybe someone else has experience treating it in older birds successfully?

    One thing you can do to at least make them look a bit better (and not catch the feathers on anything) is to clip the feathers off that stick out. You'll have to do it after every time they moult, but it seems to help alot. Do you have pics of them by any chance?
     
  3. AwlOrganikLizz

    AwlOrganikLizz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your response! These are the best pictures I can find of them. Personally, I don't mind it too much as long as it's not hurting or bothering them. I mean if I could fix it that would be awesome and make them even prettier than I already think they are. Ya know if I can fix it, that's fantastic but if not, oh well. Now I know for any future ducks, I suppose.

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  4. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor things. :( They'll never be able to fly or lay down on their sides! People say it doesn't hurt them, but when Wobbles had it she would yelp whenever she pressed her body against a wall or something. Poor little girl.
     
  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That actually doesn't look too bad, I've seen much worse. I worked with a goose once (used to be an Avian Keeper) who had it really bad in one wing, it stuck straight out to the side. We had to clip those feathers often, otherwise he'd rub or whack them on things and start bleeding. Poor guy. So anyway, as long as they aren't out so far that they get caught or smacked on things when they go by, it shouldn't cause them any pain.
     
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  6. AwlOrganikLizz

    AwlOrganikLizz Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told they wouldn't be able to fly anyway... Just out of curiosity.... Would the hatchery be breeding bad genetics (such as Angel Wing) for the birds not to fly or do the perfectly healthy domestic ducks just not fly? Like is having the genetics (and developing) Angel Wing is what keeps them from flying? If I would have fixed this would they have been able to fly? (The run has a 'roof' on it so they wouldn't be able to go bye-bye) [​IMG]

    Anyways I'll probably clip them for good measure. Thank you all for your help [​IMG]
     
  7. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alot of domestic ducks can't fly simply due to their size and weight. Their wings cannot support them in flight. Angel wing is sometimes caused by genetics, but most often is due to too much protein in their diet. A hatchery definitely would not purposely breed angel wing into their flocks.

    No telling if they would've been able to fly if the angel wing had been fixed, but domestic ducks don't really need to if they are protected by us from predators. It's more desirable if they don't just fly off one day anyway, right? ;)
     

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