Do mama geese move newly hatched babies? (NEWER PICS -Post #13)

Discussion in 'Geese' started by kuntrygirl, May 5, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I arrived home on yesterday from work about 5:30 PM. Before I can get the key out of the ignition, my mind is always focused on unlocking the chicken yard and checking on everyone. During this time of the year with everything hatching and being born on the farm, I always waste no time in making my rounds. When I unlocked the gate, I immediately noticed what looked like a small yellow "ball" on the ground. As I walked closer, I noticed that it was a newly hatched gosling. I immediately picked it up and I noticed that a few flies were on it. It was still wet from the hatching and it looked like some of it's new feathers had been picked off. The skin on it's back was bright red and appeared to be irritated. I immediately ran inside, plugged up the heat lamp, got the thermometer, a large plastic storage container, old towels and placed the baby inside of the container. I then prepared some warm water to clean off the gosling. It was full of dirt. It even had dirt in it's eyes under it's eyelids. I cleaned it off and placed it under the heat lamp. It was shivering because it was cold. I gently rubbed it and made "chirping" sounds to let it know that I was there and it would be ok. I went back outside and checked under the goose that was setting on the nest of eggs that was closest to where the gosling was found. The mama goose was still setting on her eggs. I distracted her so that she would raise up so that I could see if other goslings were under her. And lo and behold another baby had just hatched. It was soooo dirty. I picked it up and also brought it inside. It didn't look like it would make it. I cleaned it up and placed it inside of a knit cap and placed it in the plastic storage container along with the other one under the heat lamp. The yoke on the 2nd gosling had not fully absorbed yet. The yolk was rather large. I kept it moist with a warm, wet paper towel around it so that it could fully absorb. After getting both of them settled, they were ok. I checked on them every 5 minutes before it was time for me to go to bed. Then I got up every hour during the night to check on them to make sure that they were ok. I woke up this morning and they were doing fine. They are trying to lift their heads and are making chirping sounds. They were warm and sound asleep under the heat lamp when I left for work. I think they will make it.

    Now.......... my question is..........the place where I found the 1st gosling was about 10 feet away from the mama's nest. I know that the gosling couldn't have walked 10 feet away. Could the mama or her 2 body guards (2 other adult geese) tried to carry the baby away to another location? The missing feathers and red and irritated skin leads me to believe something moved it but I can't figure out what. I have never heard of a goose trying to move it's babies. Is that possible? Has anyone had this problem before? And why would they move the baby? It was in a safe location. None of the other animals will mess with the geese. They pretty much run the chicken yard. I have 3 other geese setting on eggs and the eggs are due to hatch any day. This has never happened in the years prior, so I'm not understanding what could have happened on yesterday.

    I'm confused. Any ideas? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  2. Duckles

    Duckles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a predator attempted to get to the goslings but was scared away after carrying it a few feet?
     
  3. Gracie9205

    Gracie9205 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would bet money that one of your other birds (the goose, her body guards, or maybe even a chicken if they are around) got after the baby. The geese won't physically pick the babies up and move them like that. I would watch to see who the culprit is. If it is the mother, then you will need to snag the babies ASAP and raise them separate.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Thanks for the input from everyone. I appreciate that.

    Just an update to let you know how the babies are doing. When I returned home from work, they work doing just fine. They were perky and trying to life their heads. They had completely dried up and the one with who had the yolk that had not been abosorbed had finally absorbed his yolk, so he was looking 100% better. They were in their brooder box making peeping noises. They slept peacefully throughout the night. I woke up this morning and they were doing good as well. I prepared a bowl of water (room temp) and placed some crumble in a bowl. I dipped their beaks in the water and they drank about 3 or 4 times. They dipped their beaks in the crumble but only took a couple of bites but still not hungry yet. Maybe they will be hungry this afternoon. I took a few pics of them so that you can see what they look like.


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  5. Balbinka

    Balbinka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It helps to add warm water to the crumbles and create an oatmeal-like texture when getting brand new goslings to eat.
     
  6. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

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    The goslings looks great! It's so good you caught them in time... whew!

    It's so strange the way you found the first little guy out away from the nest like that and the other one dirty too, like it had been moved as well. I know that wild geese move the brood away from the nest immediately (within 24-48 hours) to a new "brooding area" and sometimes it's far. Seems like odd behavior for your kings of the barnyard though. I've never known geese to pick up babies like mama cats do and I can't imagine that the hatchling could crawl that far on it's own or that mama goose wouldn't wrangle it back when it started to inch away.

    I'm really interested to find out what's going on! Please keep us posted [​IMG]
     
  7. Balbinka

    Balbinka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agreed! [​IMG]
     
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I brought the 2 new babies outside for a short stroll around the yard. Their little feet were moving very fast trying to keep up with me. It was too cute.


    Here they are!

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  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It's amazing how quickly they go from being hardly able to move on their own to chasing you around the yard [​IMG]
     
  10. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Wow, they're just too cute for words! Good work! [​IMG]
     

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