Just Out of Curiosity - How Do You Fix a Broken Wing

Katniss_Everdeen

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Nov 24, 2020
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I don't have a chicken with a broken wing, but I was thinking about it today when I was watching my 12 week old Silkies flap about. How do you fix a broken wing if you can't get to a vet? Also, does it happen often?
 

Egg Snatcher

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I don't think broken wings happen a lot. Aline the wing, vet wrap the wing around the body.
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Isaac 0

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Depends on the severity of the fracture, and where the break occurred. Preferably pins or some sort of external coaptation device would be set in place by a vet for fracture stabilization, but in some cases doing a figure-eight wrap is sufficient for most injures of the wing spectrum. A fracture of the ulna grants a better prognosis as the radious is parallel and naturally acts as a splint. In some cases, the break can only be managed at home, not treated, but you will find most require a figure eight-wrap, lots of rest, and nutritional support.

https://theiwrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Duerr_Splinting_Manual_2010.pdf

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