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Hello again,
I have two goslings that are eating like pigs.  Is that o.k.   They are 1 wk old and are growing very quickly but I also think that the one little guy might be stuffed!!  His breathing isn't labored but it looks like he is so full that he has to work a little bit to breath !   I feel full just looking at him!   Is this possible?  I am feeding them unmedicated feed and some pieces of grass and clover I do put alittle bit of coarse sand with the feed for grit.  They seem happy.  now the one that's looks full sometimes has his feet sticking out the back of him.     He sure is pooping o.k!!  they both are doing VERY WELL at that?   Help,  I am new at this type of bird!

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I should add that he likes to sit alot.  He goes to a corner and just sits.  He does get up and walk around some but favors sitting.

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sounds like my brother in law...  I've never had goslings, only grown up geese, so I don't know what to tell you.  Generally if something is moving, eating pooping, peeing (if applicable) and seems moderately happy, I don't worry.  hope someone else knows what's up!

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Sounds like my new goslings smile
They are 10 days old by today, they are jumbo dewlap toulouse, and growing up every second!
They are eating lot, I mean LOT of lettuce everyday and I don't mind feeding them 6 times daily. They are eating, sleeping, pooping ok and go outside twice a day and have some fresh grasses and clovers.
So don't worry, geese are big birds and eat a lot!

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Originally Posted by josmardavtom 

Hello again,
I have two goslings that are eating like pigs.  Is that o.k.   They are 1 wk old and are growing very quickly but I also think that the one little guy might be stuffed!!  His breathing isn't labored but it looks like he is so full that he has to work a little bit to breath !   I feel full just looking at him!   Is this possible?  I am feeding them unmedicated feed and some pieces of grass and clover I do put alittle bit of coarse sand with the feed for grit.  They seem happy.  now the one that's looks full sometimes has his feet sticking out the back of him.     He sure is pooping o.k!!  they both are doing VERY WELL at that?   Help,  I am new at this type of bird!


Geese that are fed via man/grains may develop what is referred to as "angel wings"  the lower portion flips out away from the body instead of fitting nicely against the body.  This is caused by disproportionate growth of muscles, bones, and feathers.  The muscles are not strong enough to hold the weighty feathered wing tips in place.  You might consider cutting the feed before you end up with a deformed looking goose.  Or you may consider pinion.


Edited by hunterland - 5/24/10 at 10:52pm
post #6 of 7
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So far there is no signs of an angel wing.   My hubby thinks they are o.k. and I worry to much.  I will though make sure they are getting more greens, I took their feed away overnight and they are both up walking around and talking like normal. Thanks for the imput.  I can't wait to see what these things turn out to be.   My husband just wants to see these guys grow up and chase me around the farm nipping at my heals!  It will be interesting.

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My geese are exactly one week old today. I do not free feed them because I am not going to eat them. I want them for breeding so they can not be fat or grow to quick. I do hate seeing angle wings on any waterfowl. I am feeding them a waterfowl that floats. I just put a little in the water a few times a day. They eat it up in a few minutes. They don't get anything but water for the next three or four hours. Then I give them a little more.

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