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post #1 of 7 Old 07-07-2014, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Clipped wings

So I just wanna ask a very simple question. I found a goose today that had it's wings clipped. My question is can his wing feathers grow back out? Or will he never have wings again?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-07-2014, 10:09 PM
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If they just clipped the feathers it won't be a problem, next time the goose molts he will grow new ones.
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If they just clipped the feathers it won't be a problem, next time the goose molts he will grow new ones.
How often do they molt and I will get pictures of his wings tomorrow
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With a quick Google search it looks like geese molt in the june-july months, and during that time they can not fly until the new flight feathers grow in. Are you sure they were clipped and he's not in the middle of a molt?
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With a quick Google search it looks like geese molt in the june-july months, and during that time they can not fly until the new flight feathers grow in. Are you sure they were clipped and he's not in the middle of a molt?
Well here are some pics of his wings.
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A clip will leave smooth edges. Those look tattered like maybe something tried to get him or he molts poorly. I had a duck that would look like something the dog dragged home for about 3 weeks until the new feathers came in.
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yeah, that is not a clip, I agree with Cat. If he's in the middle of a molt, the feathers should grow back soon. If something disturbed the molt, it will be a year before he gets new feathers in - but he will get them back regardless.
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