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my 3 week old embden gosling is biting me.

It is unsexed but I call it a him.

He is hand raised and imprinted to me. He loves me! But when I'm petting him or he is sitting next to me, he is almost constantly biting me with a twisting motion. It hurts!

I've tried holding his mouth shut, hissing, and pushing him away, but absolutely nothing works.

Why is he doing this and how do I correct it?

post #2 of 3
Stop hand feeding him and give him a bowl instead of hand feeding. Hold the bowl in your hands.
Sounds like he's just chewing.
They chew everything when bored wink.png
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Goslings explore the world with their bills. Just like human babies, they'll chew anything. It's great practise for eating lots of grass - not so great for fingers. You can't make them stop chewing, but you can redirect the chewing.

 

Try giving him something more interesting to chew, like sturdy baby chew toys. I got my gosling a whole bunch of baby toys from a thrift store. She quickly picked her favorites and would play with them for hours. She especially liked the ones that had a little give (not hard plastic), and the ones that made sounds when she chewed or shook them. She also liked clogs, anything with velcro, and shoes with laces. I kept the toys in an old purse with lots of latches, buckles, and tabs, and she had a hoot fishing the toys out of the bag.

 

And of course, give him grass. I dug out a square of turf once or twice a day for my gosling to eat and play with. When she was done with one, I just put it back in the lawn.

 

In this video, she's three days old and enjoying her very first grass:

 

0.1 White Danish Goose - hatched April 10th 2013

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0.1 White Danish Goose - hatched April 10th 2013

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