My gosling was attacked yesterday by a predator, she is 2 months old and weighs 5 1/2 lbs. We don't know what got her, but her screams (and those of the other geese trying to protect her) sent me running, and I found her in a heap with multiple holes around her head and neck.
The avian vet put her on SMZ TMP oral suspension: 1cc twice a day. This was an avian specialist (he charged me $250) but she seems worse on the antibiotic. I can't say for sure, but she could stand up before the antibiotic, and now she can't without falling over. I'm concerned that the vet, despite being an avian vet, may have given her the wrong type of medication. Does anyone know anything about this antibiotic on geese?
Also, how do I get her to eat? It has been 24hrs, and I can't get her to eat. She will only drink a little water. I don't want to have saved her from a predator attack, only to have her to die of starvation. I am trying to give her "supplemental infant food" (the kind you would give a baby parrot) through a syringe in her mouth, but she balks at it, and I am afraid of it going down her windpipe instead of her gullet. Any suggestions on how to keep her energy up?
Any suggestions would be helpful.... even how to get rid of predators. I've lost a peacock, geese, ducks, and chickens to predators. Some only at night, some in full daylight. I'm at a loss as to how to protect my flock.