Hi.we have a gosling with a swollen knee joint and foot. It was ok 3 days ago, but has only been exposed to concrete to walk on for the last few weeks. I sell poultry at my work, and this little one was ok a few days ago. I have bought it home hoping that we could do something to help. I will call the gosling Lucky. Lucky has been eating and drinking well and pooing well too. we have given her a couple of swims in warm water and the swollen leg moves to paddle. We have to towel dry Lucky as she cannot dry her feathers/down on her tummy. We have placed 2 rubber bands around her legs to keep them together. the bands are not tight at all. Any suggestions anyone? we are feeding her turkey starter for extra protein.
4 week old gosling with swollen knee joint and swollen toes
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@chickenwicken Sorry the goose thread is pretty slow this time of year. Are you offering niacin in the form of Brewers yeast or tablets? water fowl can have niacin deficiency and can cause lameness. I'd start with 150 mgs it has to be plain niacin crushed up into feed or water or 1 Tab of Brewers yeast or nutritional yeast to 1 cup of food. Not baking yeast. If a nutritional issue they usually start making improvement in less than a week.
All baby water fowl should get extra niacin from hatch till around 10 weeks old not all will show lameness but it doesn't hurt for them to have the extra. Niacin def can also cause neurological issue as well.
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Edited by Miss Lydia - 9/26/15 at 5:19am
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I know Tumeric is good for inflammation in humans not sure for water fowl. But @chickenwicken you can also do Epsom salt soaks for swelling an inflammation just don't let the gosling drink the water it is also a laxative. But I put warm water into a gallon bucket 1/2 bucket of warm water to half cup of ES mix well them put both feet and legs into bucket hold there at least 5 min longer if they aren't totally freaking out then dry legs and feet. Do as often as you want the ES does help with swelling. Please let us know how the gosling is doing. Plastic dish pan can work too as long as they don't drink the water.
Edited by Miss Lydia - 9/26/15 at 9:39am