Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lessons Learned

Something is not quite "Wright" with one of our ducklings.
I've thought of naming this guy Orville.

He looks like he's ready to take off any minute.
In actuality, though, this duckling has a condition known as Angel Wing.
It is a condition that arises when ducks eat a diet too high in protein.

We are thinking that this might be due to the ducks consuming fish food
that is thrown into the pond to feed the fish.
The fish food smells like fish, so I imagine it has a high concentration of fish in it...
thus a higher concentration of protein than the ducks are used to.

The cure for angel wing is to decrease the protein in the duck's diet.
I will start supplementing their diet with cracked corn, a carbohydrate,
and stop feeding the fish.

It seems we never stop learning from our life here on the farm.
Hopefully, our little duck's wings will return to normal very soon!


  1. Poor baby... Hope things turn around for him soon.

  2. Hey there!

    That may not fix it. It looks like that duckling's wings are pretty well developed and may not go back. You can buy some Vetwrap and wrap them back to its body, if you want to try to retrain the wings to go the right way. The changing of the diet from high protein to low seems to only work when the wings are first forming the flight feathers, not when they are already formed. I can't tell from the pictures, but if the flights are as long as they look, they may be done growing. The wrap may be your best bet.

    Just my personal experience. Hope you get your little duck all settled! Have a great day!

  3. WOW..How interesting..The fish probably don't need to be fed..Don't tell them I said that..

  4. WOW...very interesting..You probably don't have to feed the fish...Don't tell them that I said that..

  5. I have never heard of this! Maybe because we have never kept ducks:) I hope he does get better. It's always something, isn't it?

  6. One of my girls has one Angel Wing. She was born that way. Never got in her way and she is still going strong to this day with it. Keep us posted.

  7. All my best to Orville...I hope he feels better soon!

    I just read Sid's story and it made me cry! All the animals that manage to cross paths with you are so blessed...and they seem to know it. What a beautiful horse he has become. His joy is obvious in every shining inch of him! Becky is his angel.

    Have a most lovely day...


  8. Ah, Angel Wing. I had never heard of before reading John's blog (Going Gently). He had a duckling with Angel Wing - he repaired it by strapping it down (I believe)...

    Thanks for sharing the 'protein cure.' Very nice to know.

    I continue to enjoy your blog, every day! I always learn something new.


  9. I have a goose or two, and I thought it was a birth defect because it's just an occasional one. If it were due to diet, I think there would be more than just the odd one since they have the same diet. Gabby is twelve and the best mother I have, so it doesn't seem to bother her in the least. I'll be looking forward to whether the change in diet works.

  10. Well isn't that something. I had never heard of such a thing until I met John from Going Gently and now here on your blog Bev. Who'd have thought that this could come from feeding the fish in the pond the ducks swim in! You learn something new nearly every day. I'll have to keep this in mind if we ever put a pond in. Have yourself a great day!
    Maura :)


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