Pinioned or clipped? Are these ducks wings clipped?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Crazy4Fowl, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chirping

    Nov 20, 2014
    My duck coop
    We just received our mandarin duck pair today. We opened it up and looked at them. The female flew out of the box and around the house. When we caught her we look at her wing and saw it looks like the wing is only clipped and only 1 wing. We were supposed to get them pinioned it even says that on the box. They are 11 months old and got them from Squaw Creek Farm. Are the wings pinioned or clipped?
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  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Songster

    Jul 26, 2014
    You'll need to gently pull that right wing out all the way (so it is fully extended) so you can see the end of it to tell if it is pinioned or just clipped. A pinioned wing will often end in a little stump, and that wing will be shorter than the other wing (not looking at the feathers of course, but the actual wing bones that make up the wing). That last joint in the wing will be missing. Looks pinioned in that pic, but it's impossible to know for sure without a pic of the wing extended.

    Hope that made sense. Also, when birds are pinioned they only do one wing, not both. ;)
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

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