6 week Toulouse gosling suddenly stopped eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anne-elizabeth, May 11, 2016.

  1. anne-elizabeth

    anne-elizabeth Hatching

    Feb 20, 2016
    Yesterday rained all day and all the goslings looked a bit miserable. This morning Sally came out with the others but it soon became obvious she is not eating and would rather lie down even when the others walk off. I tried to tempt her with spinach leaves (her favourite) but she is not interested. She just wants to rest. I am new to poultry keeping so know very little, but wonder if she might have eaten too much grass as there were a couple of 'shots' of very green bundled grass in her shed - not sure if coughed up or ejected from other end! They have access to very small grits (budgie sized) wondering if that's not enough now they are growing so fast. I have just added the grits the parents eat, but she will not take anything. the other 6 all seem fine.
    They are incubator hatched by me - i have the parents. they are now out on grass (away from the parent birds) and have moved on from goose starter crumbs ad lib to goose grower a week or so ago.

    Please Help!
    what should I do? at the moment i have shut her in to keep her dry and away from predators. not sure what to do next?
    any help greatefully recieved.
    how long can she go without eating/drinking
    should i force fluids in?
    should i take her temperature?
    what is the most likely cause and treatment please.

    many thanks for reading

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