Originally Posted by atmaclean
These are the 3 little goslings that we have. They seem to be doing just fine. I'm still not sure what could have happened to the other yellow gosling. I'm wondering of their might have been something wrong with it when we purchased it.
How long do you leave a heat lamp for the babies? I am thinking these are about a week or 10 days old - what do you think?
Watch how they act. If they hover under the lamp or pile up they are too cold. If they are on the far outer sides of the brooder and inactive, way too hot. I keep different breeds, so I just adjust the heat according to body language. Ideally you drop the temps 5 degrees weekly..
Originally Posted by mominoz
So , I have a baby African, that just hatched yesterday . Seems it is the only African egg that hatched (grandkids accidently pulled the plug twice on the bator for who knows how long, and had 2 power outages that the backup didn't restart....I did get 3 goslings of another breed hatched also. Yesterday I took the eggs from the female who had been setting eggs (only one hatched, the others were duds, probably from the yearling geese). I have 2 gooses that started to set in the last week. One is the African mom, the other a Shetland mom. (haven't candled their eggs yet.) So I put 2 of the babies out yesterday with the mom, who had the one baby and took the bad eggs away. She and her sister and hubbies took to babies and they alll seem ok. The two goslings I have left,hatched a day later and are in incubator to be moved. My dilemia is this: Do I give the African baby to the family with the 3 babies , plus the other Shetland , or do I give it to the Super African parents to raise (there are 4 of them, but the males are only a year old), who have never raised babies? Identity crisis here..... or in a couple weeks switch him to the africans, so he bonds with them too? I already have one African who was raised with Shetlands and trys to get into their pasture sometimes...
But when I look at the size of the Africans....gee , they could squash it pretty easy... Or just put it alone with a mom? It would interupt her setting at one week.... but think I should let her give the eggs a try for a couple weeks.... She set last year, but exploders... no live ones. Or give them to another female in another pen who just started setting. She is older too, but with 7 other geese who are yearlings, except her mate, who is 2.
Do not give the baby to a mother midway through brooding. She may abandon her eggs, or ignore the gosling and let it starve. Introduce and monitor closely to the active mother at wee hours of the morning...stick the baby under her is my only thought. A random daytime gosling is likely doing to be rejected and injured unless she is an exceptional hen. If it was my choice that baby is going in a brooder if its small, and hopefully added to a broody hen thats hatching later.
Originally Posted by atmaclean
Thanks so much "mominoz". I have moved the goslings to my back porch in a wire bottom cage with a towel at one end (opposite their food/water). I had another gosling go to sleep and not wake up today. It was fine this morning and was out walking around and watching us do chores. Absolutely no clue what could have happened. They have heat lamps, plenty of food and fresh, clean water. I read somewhere that they will eat shavings, so I wonder if maybe they ingested some of the sand from the floor. I just can't imagine what happened. I never dreamed they would be this fragile. I put the baby chicks in the same indoor/outdoor pen and they are doing fine. I am also using a Southern States brand wild game starter feed for the geese (non-medicated!). It is what the feed store recommended when I purchased them.
Somewhere else I read that I should wet their feed?? I have their dry food and water right next to each other so they can go back and forth with just a turn of the head.
Can you tell from the pictures what breed they are? They are "hatchery choice" so they thought African.
I dont wet the feed, but I do make sure once they are stable and walking they can dunk into the water enough to clear the nasal passages.
I will go back and look for your pictures. Hatchery usually means chinese if they say african, likely a mix. Super african are often a hatchery version of true African.