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Waterfowl may experience Angel Wing. This condition is caused by a distorted wing joint that forces the end feathers to stick out laterally, instead of lying against the body. Excessive protein can result in the wing bones growing too fast, making the wing too heavy for the joint. It can also be a result of insufficient vitamin C, calcium, and manganese.
Angel wing can be corrected while the duckling is still growing, however, if the condition is not recognized the deformity will remain permanently. Waterfowl are most at risk of this abnormality when they are between 8-12 weeks of age.
To correct, Vet Wrap the wing into the correct position with a figure 8 wrap method and make necessary dietary changes. This could include the addition of Brewers Yeast, giving waterfowl a boost of niacin to help with proper bone development. Raw oats can also be added to feed to help lower the amount of protein and regulate bone growth.
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