Hi everyone. I just want to say first, how wonderful and helpful you all are. Although this account is new, I have been here before (previously, idaschickens) and have interacted with many of you wonderful people! And you've helped me so much! So, THANK YOU ALL! Sincerely.
I am here now unfortunately, because I have a very sick goose, as the thread title states...
She was absolutely fine yesterday, and in fact, has always been my "good goose", never an issue. She is almost a year.
Today, completely lame..both legs behind her. I can move them and she doesn't seem stiff or hot.
Very lethargic. Slightly panting.
Abdomen and crop both palpable. Soft, not hard...I cannot feel a trapped egg anywhere.
No discharge anywhere or signs of attack.
She is trying to drink but seems to "shake it away" when attempting to swallow.
As of the last time I checked, she can still hold up her head, but that is it.
No signs of bumblefoot.
All of the other birds in her flock seem fine.
I did try to let her swim..she can float but just lets her legs hang out behind her.
The whole flock gets layer feed, sprouted oats, access to pasture, vitamins on occasion including niacin for the waterfowl, and constant fresh water. They do not have access to other wild fowl and I try very hard (although I am far from perfect still) to keep bio-secure. The rest of the flock (not waterfowl) are NPIP certified.
She is confined in some clean straw right now and "resting". I have attempted to give her small drops of fresh water, but again, she just seems to shake it off. I have felt all over her body and her frame seems adequate, sizable, not meager at all.. and she doesn't seem to be painful in any spot, including along her spine.
I feel like I may have narrowed it down to poisoning of some kind (looking through feed and straw right now), egg binding (not sure if she has laid yet or not this season), or an injury from my other goose mounting her (although they both seemed to be taking turns at it just fine, and she was okay last night...so, IDK.)
Thank you all again. If anyone has been through this or has any ideas, I truly appreciate you sharing.
I've been reading for a few hours online now in between trying to nurse her in the barn, and I have even called the few vets in the area we have. None of them see geese.
Thank you for your help! -Coondogs