Ttoulouse with droopy wings

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  1. isaacsmommy104

    isaacsmommy104 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 month old toulouse has wings that are drooping. He can flap them and tuck them in place for s moment but otherwise they hang but the tips he keeps up. No blood feathers coming in and he is fully feathered. It is not angel wing. When he does tuck them they look normal. Any ideas? What should I do?

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  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    The pictures are really strange and pixelated looking. Does not look like any toulouse I have ever seen. At that age it could be deficiency or if its sudden onset, he could have gotten into something toxic.
     
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  3. RURU

    RURU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like you need to tape the wings up gentley with masking tape because they have become to heavy for the goose to hold up. You just fold the wing like they naturally hold them. But make sure to wrap them as so not too tight. Vicky told me about this and how it helps them along. Retape them once a week so you can see if it is helping. They will need to be taped for at least two to three weeks depending on the gooses muscle developement.
    Hope this helps.
     
  4. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a young toulouse to me. Looks like potentially an injured or strained wing. I had my buff toulouse gander do that a couple years ago and he's fine now, did take about six months to recover. That said, I have seen genetic issues cause saggy wings as well (in a sebastopol). I knew my toulouse had an injury on one side and it was the cause (his wing got caught in a fence ).
     
  5. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find it a little hard to ID from the pictures but does have the look of a Buff Toulouse. Young Toulouse often drop their wing slightly when the primaries are growing and muscles are weak due to their young age. However they soon start hitching them up within a few weeks. Sometimes happens with adults in the moult when the main primaries are in active growth but one again this soon reverts back to normal.

    Its a bit baffling but this does sometimes happen and becomes almost permanent following a protracted moult. As the bird is able to fold its wings into a normal position from time to time it suggests normal bone alignment and no ?dislocations.

    I would try a regime of top quality food for waterfowl, free graze and plenty exercise as much as the bird wants to take. With a boost in diet and trace elements this may improve. If there's no improvement in a month then a Vet could always check the bird out.

    In the meantime be observement as with any bird drooping its wings it can be an indicator of ill health. Just ensure the bird is otherwise active, bright eyed and has a good appetite.

    Best of luck
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Pete always gives such good and solid advice. Hope your buff recovers, and yes it looks just like the young buff toulouse we have here as well.
     
  7. isaacsmommy104

    isaacsmommy104 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the replies. Yes, they are juvenile Buff Toulouse. Their primary feathers have been in since August though. I was thinking wasting muscle for some reason or another. I will put them on a different diet. If I tape them up and it is muscle development will that not just be detrimental? They won't be able to use the wings in order to build muscle I would think. I will go with just watching them and ensuring exercise. I took the pictures with my phone, ere go the crappy pictures. Sorry. Tried to fix them up a bit in a photo editor. I don't think it made much of a difference. Here they are again though. Trace minerals? Would this be an additive to the food? Separate in a different food bowl? I have only seen the blocks that I use for my horses. Is there a loose form? Thanks again for the replies.

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  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Where did you get them from? Would be curious to know if others from the same location have had similar issues.
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I did not look at the photos. Sorry.

    My experience with ducks (not so far with geese) is that if they are raised in a brooder, their muscle development does not always keep up with the weight of new feathers. If they look like they are having trouble holding the wings in place, I get them outside on the grass. Sometimes the time outdoors is really short if it is cold or wet. But they go out and that seems to be enough for them to flap their wings and get exercise to strengthen the wing muscles. So far, that has fixed any wing issues with the ducks. Note: this is just for droopy wings. If the wing tips are rotating, that is angel wing and it is a different problem.

    I have not had droopy wings on geese (touch wood), I am assuming because I have never raised geese in a brooder. My geese are naturally raised by their parents (adopted or natural) and get a lot of exercise from day one.
     
  10. isaacsmommy104

    isaacsmommy104 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No other geese from this stock are having similar problems. They have already been fully developed and carrying their wings fine for several months. This just came on and it is only in one of the pair I own. It's not angel wing.
     

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