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Anybody have a gandar severly injure another or kill another , without blood?

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 I am watching one of my two Super African 1 yr old gandars who I  found unable to walk . He was in  his  nightpen with sibling and  goose, while his mate was next door with a new baby. Everyone had been together , and I had broken up one or two 'tussels' where the  other gandar was flailing him on his neck/back and was preparing to   move him. But  they got along fine until that point. (new baby may have sparked it). I have had other gandars go after  a younger one during  'setting season' with another breed, but  there was feather ripping, blood etc. (and I know who the  aggressive male is in that group)...

   There is no  blood, no swelling  I can find. It has been 3-4 days now... He is eating and  drinking.... but  moves, by shoving himself  sideways with his legs and  wings....He partially rose up to try to  walk once or twice... I am hoping it is just some  kind of  severe brusing or inflamation that may go away with time..... If not , I may have to cull him.... He was one of my show geese....dang..... I just would have expected there to  be feathers everywhere and blood.... He was fine the  day before... and  the  pen is  fenced and hotwired, and nothing has ever breached it.... or  gotten any bird....he also does not  seem ill, just unable to walk....

Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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If you have ever been wing slapped by a gander, you know how much power they can wield.  Hopefully his injury is temporary.  I don't know why you removed the gander from his mate and gosling.  Generally ganders take as much care of their goslings as the goose does.

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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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update. He seems to slowly be improving, can now walk if 'afraid'.(of me)... I did open fence to  let the other birds have access and so baby could go start eating grass with mom, and other pair who seemed interested. Unfortunately, other gandar went for him (the adult) , even though he was lying down, and I  had to  put him alone again... (but next to others pen at night.) Probably the  baby set off the other gandar, as he is usually the one who had gotten attacked .... Guess it will be the usual ;keep  them apart till babies are a bit bigger and  make sure there is a big enough or  separate night pen for the family groups. Poor baby doesn't know who his daddy is. He just hangs with the  3 adults, and other gandar is now protective of him AI guess. I am relieved, as I  thought it  could  be a serious spinal damage issue.


Edited by mominoz - 5/9/16 at 8:39pm
Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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Mom to:  2  Arabians, a donkey,a Rat terrier, a jack Russel terrier ,a cat. Purebred Penciled, & Gray   Runner ducks,White Breasted Dusky Dutch Hookbill Ducks, Saxony Ducks and Mini-Silkie Ducks: Mini Shetland Geese, Brown Super Africans.
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