I have 6 chinese geese (2 males and 4 females, all just about 5 months old).
I noticed a couple of days ago that one of my male pekin ducks seemed to be picking at one of the male geese. Yesterday the young gander seemed to be having difficulty walking. He could walk, but didn't have very good balance. This morning when I let everyone out to run, I saw that he was worse. Then one of the female geese started treating him bad (jumping on him, pecking at him) after he fell down and was having a hard time getting back up (I've learned that chickens can also be rather 'mean' towards another of the flock that is sick).
I put the young gander and a small pekin (female) in their fenced in pen together for company.
I just finished checking on the gander and his condition (what ever it is) seems to have progressed to the point that he can no longer walk. If I try to have him lay on his belly, he tries to walk but just ends up very quickly losing his balance after a couple of steps and ending up on his side. I held him so he could drink and eat some. At this point he can't roll over onto his belly or get up at all.
He does not appear to have any wounds. There are no marks or problems it seems with his legs. After carefully watching him, he seems to have a problem with his balance or 'brain.' From what I've read, geese seem to rarely get diseases so my question is... does anyone have any idea what it might be?
Of the two males I have, he seems to have the largest 'nob' if that makes any difference. I don't believe there is any poison or anything in the yard he could have ingested. None of the other 5 geese, 6 ducks, or 78 chickens seem to be having any balance issues.
Thanks for any help....
Edited by Bullwinkle - 7/23/09 at 5:53pm