Can Domestic Geese Carry Avian Influenza?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by NEgoosegirl, May 19, 2019.

  1. NEgoosegirl

    NEgoosegirl Chirping

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am wondering whether anyone can tell me -- can my domestic geese (Sebastopols) recover from AI/carry it without showing symptoms? My gander died a little over a week ago from an unknown cause (lethargy, no eating, excessive drinking, webs of feet turning purple, coughing up water & mucus, labored breathing, clear nasal & oral discharge). My younger female goose had similar symptoms (the first three I mentioned) at least a week before the gander got sick, but she recovered. The older female has not shown any symptoms at all.
    Now I am wondering if I should have the females tested for AI just in case. I'd hate to get them a new mate only to have him die too! Any advice?
    Thanks so much!
     
  2. The goose girl

    The goose girl Songster

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    Although waterfowl can get infected with AI, they're not susceptible to get sick from it. Most infected waterfowl will display no or very weak symptoms, so it's not very likely your gander died from AI - especially not when your two other geese are fine now. Chickens and turkeys are much more prone to die from AI.
     
  3. NEgoosegirl

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