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13-SEP-2011 John Burke

Angel Wing

Image showing an example of a goose with Angel Wing. Goose is a candan goose.
Angel Wing also known as Slipped Wing, crooked wing, or drooped wing is a disease that affects waterfowl, primarily geese and ducks, in which the last joint of the wing is twisted with the wing feathers pointing out laterally, instead of lying against the body. Males develop it more than females.[citation needed]

The disease manifests as an incurable anatomical condition which is acquired in young birds. Due to a high-calorie diet, especially one high in proteins and/or low in vitamin D, vitamin E and manganese, one or both carpus (wrist) joints are retarded in their development relative to the rest of the wing; for reasons unknown, if only one wing is affected it is usually the left one. The result is a wrist which is twisted outwards and unable to perform its usual function. Angel wing symptoms include stripped remiges (flight feathers) in the wrist area, or remiges protruding from wings at odd angles. In extreme cases, the stripped feathers may resemble sickly blue straw protruding from wings. In adult birds the disease is incurable and usually leads to an early death as affected birds are rendered effectively or totally flightless. In young birds wrapping the wing and binding it against the bird's flank, together with feeding the bird a more natural diet, can reverse the damage.

The only wild waterfowl populations known to be affected are those fed by man.[citation needed] In Sweden, ten different park populations of Canada geese produced angel wing. The following year one flock was not fed any artificial feed and there were no angel wing goslings produced.[citation needed]

There are currently two basic theories concerning the cause of Angel Wing:

1.The first involves too much protein and the second involves too many sugars[citation needed]. Angel Wing is not generally observed in waterfowl not residing near humans, and the disease can often be observed in areas where geese or ducks are excessively fed bread[citation needed]. To prevent Angel Wing, waterfowl should not be fed bread, popcorn or other human foodstuffs[citation needed]. Duck seed is an alternative for duck feeders.
2.The second theory is that the cause could be genetic, as the same breeding pair can produce several Angel Wing chicks or cygnets over many broods.
As little research has been done on this, it is currently impossible to favour one theory over the other.

Please don't feed the birds at the ponds & parks!

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John Vass20-Sep-2011 05:56
Thanks for sharing this!
Years ago I did a back to the land farm thing and I went down to the local bread company because someone told me I could buy a pick up truck full for $10. I fed the bread to my ducks, geese and pigs. Even the rabbits got a a little piece of bread now and then, they loved rye. When the rabbits lost some fur and the birds didn't seem the be thriving. I quit feeding it because I felt the animals were malnourished and it came on fast. I even stopped feeding it to the pig. There are no shortcuts! I went back to buying the proper feed for each kind of livestock. Also letting the birds out to graze and finished the pig with apples and pears! So yeah! Don't feed animals what they normally wouldn't eat! It will hurt or kill them! Don't feed any wild animal and feed pets and livestock right!
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