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Broody goose losing "flight" feathers

Discussion in 'Geese' started by alrosenb, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. alrosenb

    alrosenb Out Of The Brooder

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    My goose that has been sitting on her nest for a couple of weeks suddenly lost 12-15 "flight" feathers today-is that normal?
     
  2. EvenLater

    EvenLater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my Pom gal laid the first time, it looked like she had exploded, feathers everywhere, and they just fell off all at once. I got worried and came here. I was told it was just molting, and a quick search on Google says the same. Geese are known for "dropping" all their feathers at once during a molt, which leaves them flightless for 6 weeks or so. They do this during the laying season because they are sitting on nests anyway. Totally normal, though its rough looking, Lol :)
     
  3. alrosenb

    alrosenb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! It is a little alarming!
     
  4. EvenLater

    EvenLater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It scared the poo out of me when my Cassy just stood there, shook, and half her feathers fell off! Luckily everyone here quickly reassured me its completely normal, or I might have lost my mind! Lol
     
  5. perdue613

    perdue613 New Egg

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    Is it normal for male geese to do this also, loose their flight feathers pretty much all at once?
     

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