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What's wrong with my Pekin duck's wing?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duckstruck, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    East Tennessee
    Just two days ago, I noticed my female pekin duck's wing wasn't working properly (it wouldn't flap and would shake). I'm unsure if it was because she has slight angelwing, or if she has hurt it somehow. When I touched and inspected it, she doesn't seem to show signs of pain, but whenever she strains her wing, it shakes more. I've held her by her torso (I do this to make sure their wings flap correctly) and she tried to flap it, but it just wavers a bit. Her wing doesn't hit the ground like I've seen broken duck wings, but slightly falls limp.
    I've read that aggressive, mating males can get their wings out of shape, and my big pekin drake (and females!) were mounting each other!
    I've kept her separate from the rest, in fear that she couldn't fly out of their duck pool like they usually do. She's been eating and drinking well, and desperately wants out. When I let her out for a little interaction with the other ducks, she seems to stand alone while the other ducks socialize.
    Is it possible that she just hit her wing against something or strained it somehow, rather than having a broken wing?
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Might be broken, might just be strained. I would be careful about letting her be with drakes for fear of worse injury.

    Can you get her to a vet?
  3. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    X2. If a vet's not an option, you also might want to wrap it to provide some support - see thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/452490/duck-with-a-broken-wing-help-please. Even if it's just a sprain/strain, taking some of the weight off the injury should facilitate healing.

    Best wishes for your duck's recovery.
  4. Duckstruck

    Duckstruck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    East Tennessee
    Thanks for responding!
    I will try to bandage her wing ASAP!

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