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PLEASE HELP -- sick African/Chinese mix

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I have a sick goose that has been in my garden tub since Wednesday morning. I've been letting her take hot baths and watching her swim while I'm taking cold showers and getting ready for work!
My observations of her illness are what I see before work (while it's still dark out), after work (when it's dark again), and full time on the weekends. I never leave home because I don't know anyone that would volunteer to take care of my animals... So they are the only vacation I get, and I wouldn't have it any other way:)

**Let me start out with saying that we have no avian veterinarians in our area and my large animal vet that treats my horses only confused me more...

Symptoms: she has been limping on her right leg for several weeks now, no interest in the other 3 geese, no appetite, drinking constantly, watery green poop, she keeps opening her mouth really wide and making a crunching sound when she closes her beak.

Treatment so far: I've been giving her "vitamins & electrolytes with lacto bacillus", "VetRx", and just yesterday I mixed some Wazine 17 and put in one of her water containers thinking maybe it was worm related.

So far the only thing that I can get her to eat is unsweetened almond milk, which she really seemed to enjoy.

I've been reading way too much online and I bought several things on my way home yesterday just to be prepared - I WILL NOT BE GIVING ALL OF THESE TO HER JUST TO BE CLEAR- I just wanted to have them on hand and be prepared for what answers I may receive today.

Medicine Cabinet:

Duramycin-10 (Tetracycline hydrochloride soluble powder)
Oxytetracycline HCI soluble powder (Broad spectrum antibiotic)
Corid 20% soluble powder Coccidiostat (Amprolium)

Wariness 17 (wormer that I'm already giving her)
Vitamins & electrolytes and the VetRx (that I'm already giving her)

I am about to look in her mouth and pray I don't stress her out too much, and Google what the heck a "vent" is and I'm going to check that too!
post #2 of 7

Try posting in the "Emergencies/Diseases/Injuries and Cures" section.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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post #3 of 7
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I have the same post in "new members", "Geese", and "Emergencies, disease,etc"

Thank you for your response :-)
post #4 of 7

Did you get to check her mouth yet?  Also did you look on the bottom of her foot to see if you could see anything?

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Did she have the loose poo  problem BEFORE  the almond milk ? I  didn't think geese (ducks or chickens)  could handle milk, or even want it.

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She has had the loose green poo since Wednesday. I read that buttermilk and unsweetened yogurt were good for chickens, but I didn't have either of those on hand. The almond milk has no GMOs, added sugars, or lactose... So it's pretty much almond flavored water. She wouldn't eat anything, but she seemed to like that! smile.png
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Read this post from "pdirt on 11/28/13- why should I give my chickens buttermilk?"
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Originally Posted by pdirt View Post

Yeah, any of the the cultures/fermented things from feed to salt-free kraut (or other veggies) to buttermilk, kefir, yoghurt, etc are excellent for chickens. Like granny hatchet said, these foods will add back good gut bacteria, not a bad idea for general bird health and essential if they've ever had antibiotics.

Benefits are a long list, but some include: firmer, less stinky poops, less feed required since the bird is getting more nutrition out of their food, healthier birds(more resistant to diseases), possibly grow and/or molt more quickly, possibly lay more eggs. Also with fermented dairy products like buttermilk, it's a good source of calcium for layers. It's best not to give unfermented milk to chickens because they can't well digest lactose. Fermenting the milk breaks down most if not all the lactose. Mind you, the benefits will be most noticeable if you also ferment their feed in addition to the buttermilk.

We had one girl that laid very soft shells. She LOVED milk kefir or plain yoghurt and the occasional fermented feed. After a few months of this, she started laying much firmer shells, quite normal, actually. My hunch is she was having digestive problems and the fermented things improved her health.

I think I read recently that the famous Label Rouge chickens in France (similar to our certified organic) are finished on buttermilk before slaughter and supposedly makes their meat tastier or more tender. I've heard of similar methods on cattle and goat being finished on grain that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar. It makes sense as whenever I marinate meat in some sort of acid (usu lemon juice or ACV) it makes a big difference in flavor and tenderness. Why not do it from the inside out?
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