Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

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Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Spela » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:43 am

It seems it's never boring when having geese around the house ;). Now that Palček (http://poultrykeeperforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=8174) is out of the woods, one of his brothers developed the so called Angel Wing. We've been feeding them with crushed corn and oats mix (home made - two parts corn, one part oats) and they are kept free-range, so they have all the grass they want available at all times.

After we noticed the wing is developing abnormaly, we have removed the corn and oats from their diet entirely, so they are now just grazing and occasionally getting some green salad.

I have also considered putting a sling on the wing to keep it in the right position. I have read that while the bird is still growing, the anomaly can be minimised if proper steps are taken (diet + sling). We've tried using medicinal bandages for the sling, but they didn't work, since our geese have free access to the creek and when the gosling tried to swimm, the bandages got soaked in seconds and prevented him from floating level on the water surface. Today I've bought the elastic net that is usually used for keeping the bandages fixed on a hand, for example. I'll let you know how it works out.

Any ideas and/or opinions are wellcome. I'm going McGiver on this one.

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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Spela » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:49 pm

Update: the sling didn't work. It came off within a couple of minutes. I did however come across this awesome pictorial and am planning to give it a go tomorrow :): http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/644239/angel-wing-in-ducks-how-we-wrap-to-mend-it-pictorial.
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Marigold » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:43 pm

That's a really interesting thread, Spela, Using the veterinary tape sounds a good idea and the pics are very helpful. The instructions and discussions about how long to leave it on for etc are good too. Do let us know how you get on. Strange its only one of them, isn't it, when presumably they've all been fed the same.
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Spela » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:07 pm

Marigold wrote:That's a really interesting thread, Spela, Using the veterinary tape sounds a good idea and the pics are very helpful. The instructions and discussions about how long to leave it on for etc are good too. Do let us know how you get on. Strange its only one of them, isn't it, when presumably they've all been fed the same.


It is strange, isn't it? As I understand, there is no definitive proof of what causes angel wing. Some say too much protein in the food (ours don't have any protein, except what's naturally in the grass, corn and oats), others say food high in energy is to blame (that's why I have excluded corn from their diet), and then, there is the third group that claims it's genetic. I believe it's a little bit of everything.

As for the wing wrapping - we have a winner :). The combination of vet wrap and duct tape seems to do the trick. The wrap has been on for 24 hours now. Everything is still in place and the gosling has no problems walking and swimming, nor has there been any change in its apetite :).

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The duct tape is not glued directly on the feathers, as it might look in the photo. I just put the duck tape over the vet tape to reinforce it.

Asuming it all goes well, I'll leave the wrap on for 10 days and then see if there is any change to the wing. Keep your fingers crossed ;).
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Marigold » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:19 pm

Great picture, Spela. I'm looking forward to hearing how successful it is.
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Spela » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:04 am

Hello again :)!

Here's my update: the wrap stayed on for 7 full days, then Houdini managed to get out of it :). When the wrap came off, the overall position of the wing was around 95% better than before the bandaging, only the biggest two of the feathers were still sticking out a bit. I was planning to put the wrap on again and leave it for a couple more days, but since I had to urgently leave on a two-day trip, I just figured I'd wrap the gosling when I return. Today was the day I was planning to put the wrap on again, but wait... which one should I put it on to? All the goslings have their wings right where they should be :D.

Here's Houdini, stretching his/her wings on one photo and posing with the corrected wing on the other :). I'm just SOOOOOOOO happy :)!

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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby NEWTODUCKS » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:28 am

That's brilliant-you're quickly becoming an expert!
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Spela » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:48 pm

NEWTODUCKS wrote:That's brilliant-you're quickly becoming an expert!


I don't know about the expert part ;), but it sure is nice when the effort brings the results one could only wish for :).
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby Icemaiden » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:18 pm

That's great news, Spela. :-)08
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Re: Angel Wing in 6 weeks old Gosling

Postby dorsetduckowner » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:22 pm

Fantastic job! We have one goose with Angel Wing and they were raised feral so had a totally natural diet. It can sometimes be genetic, so perhaps this is the case here.
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