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Drinking water till she throws up

Discussion in 'Geese' started by picalowpiepi, May 2, 2017.

  1. picalowpiepi

    picalowpiepi In the Brooder

    Jan 12, 2017
    Ugh I can't believe I picked a gosling with so many...needs. After the plant incident too. This gosling drinks so much water, about 20 sips at a time. Her poo is basically water. We try not to give her a lot but then she tries to find water droplets to drink, and then she spits up water and tries to drink that too...what do I do?
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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    When they are not getting enough water, when they are finally allowed access to it, they drink and drink and drink until their crop overflows and some of it comes back up. She should have access to water at all times. Once she has evened out on her need to drink water, she will stop doing this.

    Do you just have the one gosling? From your posts it sounds as though you decided to sell off the others against the advice you received.
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Give the gosling 24 hour access to water. Do you have experience with raising geese ? Water deprivation is not a good husbandry practice for them.
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I agree they need food and water 24/7 and never food with out water.

    She is gorging because she doesn't have water all the time.

    And water fowl just in general love to stand and dip water continually.

    FYI Flushes dehydrate them too so Very important they have plenty of access to water with electrolytes in it.
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  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    I completely agree with what everyone else has already said... they're not called waterfowl without good reason...

    I want to adress this line though... a gosling is a baby, of course it has needs... if you cannot handle raising, caring for and watching out for it's own well being, then maybe you should look into rehoming it... you've compounded your own problem by keeping a lone gosling, without company of its own kind it will be getting into mischief that much more... just my opinion...
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    So I just got done reading all of your threads and I think you should take this gosling to a vet because near as I can tell, the goslings *had* watery, yellow poop *before* the toxic plan was eaten. Excessive thirst, vomiting, yellow poop, watery poop, etc, are not normal! A quick trip to the vet would be you best bet.

    All animals must have access to fresh water 24/7. Please do not withhold water, and refrain from handling this gosling after it has been drinking because handling it could cause it to vomit and aspirate (inhale) the vomit.
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  7. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop

    I too just wanted to come back quickly and address this line. The gosling you picked is not abnormal. It requires the same things all baby geese do. Access to water 24 hours a day and drinking a ton after being deprived of it is not abnormal. Eating plants outside is not abnormal. She needs to be kept from eating poisonous plants. Nothing that's happened is indicative of her being more needy than a normal gosling.

    I did see your post trying to sell your male, against the advice you received to the contrary. You said in previous posts that you'd be around all the time. Geese have been known to live forty years. Is nothing going to change in forty years? Will you never want to take a vacation in forty years? Will you even still be alive and able to care for her and be with her 24/7 in forty years? I know all this was said before but I wanted to reiterate it.
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  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    It's rare to see responses from such a highly experienced and respected group of people on one thread. I'd consider myself very fortunate to be the OP and I'd be hanging on every word they said!
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