Originally Posted by rebbecka
yes the little buldge there is warm, but when he gets excited he can still walk on it and he does, he just limps a bit. should i prevent him standing completly?
also thank you so much for the reply i was getting a little nervous
@rebbecka Forgot to ask you if your adding anything like Brewers yeast or plain niacin to the feed or water? it is very important that water fowl get this because most of us have to feed chick starter and it doesn't contain the amount of niacin water fowl need for strong legs and brains. So if you aren't I would get some ASAP and start it also usually if it is a niacin [B3]deficiency they make a turn around real quick usually with in a week. Brewers or Nutritional yeast or "Plain" niacin not time released or flush free. 1 Tab of the Brewers Yeast to 1 cup of feed or 125mgs of niacin to 1 gal of fresh water daily till 10 weeks old.
I don't see how you can keep him from standing but just keep him confined to a small area so he doesn't over exert right now. And do the warm water soaks so he can exercise the legs with out putting undo strain on it right now. Water therapy is a great way to keep muscle strong but doesn't over exert. Warm water therapy is filling the bath with warm water and just letting the lil one float around or swim around it's a great way to exercise the muscles and keep them limber while healing.Make sure to get the gosling out before water begins to chill and pat dry then right back under heat to dry. Along with the Epsom salt wraps or soaks. When I soak in Epsom salt I put both legs into a small bucket or dish pan and hold onto the birds so they can't get out or drink the water.
Please update and ask questions as often as you need to hopefully me or someone else will be here to respond.
PS always a good idea to know your brooder temps so they don't get over heated or chilled a good thermometer is best.
Edited by Miss Lydia - 10/26/15 at 12:51pm