Edited by Eggcessive - 5/29/16 at 5:17am
Thanks for responding. I didn't have any yogurt on hand so I had to work with what I have. I live way out of town and it isn't always easy to get there. I have MS. Anyhow, I've been forcing feeding him every two to three hours a mixture of scrambled egg, a few oats
and applesauce blended with a syringe. I added applesauce to make the mixture a little soupy. He's pooping green watery stools and can't stand on his own. After feeding, I hold him up for a couple of minutes on his legs. At night he is in the bathroom in the tub with towels and his Save a chick and electrolytes in a deep dish in front of him. During the day I put him in his pen with his gosling mates with water near him. He's alert most of the time but when I'm feeding him he wants to dose off. Today I'm going to try to get to town and get some yogurt and honey to try mixing that with scrambled eggs.I'm thinking of adding some vitamin b to the mix but doesn't the Save a chick have enough of that already? Please advise. Thanks.
Yes the SaveAChick vitamins and electrolytes have the B vitamins. The plain yogurt is for probiotic cultures. I have used cottage cheese, buttermilk, and sour cream as well if I was out of yogurt. It sounds like you are taking excellent care of him. I hope that he starts to get better soon. Liver failure is the biggest danger in mold poisoning. Here is an excerpt for the Merck Manual about toxic mold poisoning:
Aflatoxicosis is one of the most common intoxications in modern poultry production systems. Certain species of Aspergillus and Penicillium can produce aflatoxins in feedstuffs. The production of aflatoxins can occur either in the field where the crops are grown or during storage. Acute aflatoxicosis is characterized by inappetence, ataxia, convulsions, opisthotonos, depression, and death. A gross lesion often seen with acute aflatoxicosis is an enlarged yellow liver. All poultry are susceptible to aflatoxicosis; however, ducks and turkeys are particularly sensitive.
Potassium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate,
salt, vitamin D3 supplement, ascorbic acid (vitamin C),
vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin
supplement (vitamin B3), magnesium sulfate, calcium
pantothenate (vitamin B5), folic acid (vitamin B9),
menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin K), vitamin
B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2),
pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine
mononitrate (vitamin B1), artificial color, silicon dioxide.
Thank you for responding so quickly. He's sitting outside with his gosling mates now and occasionally dipping his head in his fresh water. I'm going to try yogurt, scrambled egg and a little honey in a syringe today. He's due for a feeding right now with his egg, oatmeal, applesauce mixture.
Hi again..just an update on my two month old gosling....Nelson. After I started feeding him blended yogurt, scrambled egg and honey he started to get some of his appetite back. During the day I put him outside with his gosling mates. He was eating some bermuda hay that fell into his water. So I put more hay in the water and he started eating a lot of it. I doubled up his food mixture and started giving it to him in a small pet bottle instead of the syringe. He's still taking Save a chick and electrolytes in his water and has fresh water as well. I don't think I was feeding him enough. I'm still holding him up on his legs before and after he eats because he's still too weak to do it on his own. He's pooping mostly watery stools and is slending the nights in the hall bathroom in the tub. He's very vocal now and very alert. My main concern is for him to gain some weight and his strength back. Is there anything else I can do that won't stress him but help him? Thanks.
Hi again, I have an update on Nelson. He refuses to eat from a syringe, he's eating on his own. I tried the sling and he managed to climb out of it. I put him in his pool everyday for about 30 minutes and he moves his legs to swim. I exercise his legs and hold him up. He crawls to be near the other goslings or away from something that scares him. My biggest concerns are his lack of regaining weight and the weakness in his legs. He's in a small barn at night. Oh and he won't eat yogurt with bread crumbs. He's just eating his regular feed, bermuda grass and the save-a-chick and electrolytes. Is he going to walk eventually?