In this post from earlier this month, I mentioned that Chatter had an issue with her wings called Angel Wing. Instead of the wing feathers all folding up nice and neat against her body, the tips of her wings dropped away from her body, leaving her wing feathers poking out to her sides. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)
I have been working with her to correct it, and thought I'd share an update!
For 10 days, Chatter's wings were lightly wrapped with athletic tape, so that the tips of her wings were held in the correct position. She's still young, and she hasn't finished growing yet -- treating her early will allow the bones and muscles to be corrected. Her left wing was more severe than the other, so it took a little extra support to keep it in place. She didn't seem to mind the wraps. She could still stretch her wings out from her body, but the wraps kept the tips of her wings in the correct position once she relaxed them against her body.
After 10 days of having the wraps in place, I'm thrilled with the results! Her right wing is nearly perfect. Her long flight feathers tuck nicely in place now, and it looks great! It no longer drops away from her body, and the feathers fall into place just right. Her left wing still needs a bit more support before it's in such perfect condition. Now, instead of falling completely away from her body, it points straight back and still doesn't want to fold under the rest of her wing. But I am confident that it will, eventually!