Goose / Gosling - Abnormal Feather Development


In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
1) What type of bird , age and weight.

Sebastopol goose, 10 weeks old, ?
2) What is the behavior, exactly.
wings are dropped / droopy, and goose seems to be constantly lifting them back up; but, my big concern is that the flight feathers on the ends of wings look abnormal -- they do not seem to be unfurling into feathers -- there is a LONG hard part w/ a little feather sticking out at the very end. I got the Murray McMurray Fancy Goose Package, so I have 10 goslings. Sebastopols are not even listed as an option in the description, but I have 2 w/ fluffy feather backs, which makes me pretty sure that they are Sebastopols. None of the others have had any wing or feather issues -- except a tufted roman who has little feathers coming out of his eyelids, which s/he will need surgery to remove.

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
several weeks
4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
no idea
6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
Normal activity, and the goslings and ducklings have been fed Mazuri Waterfowl food from day 1 -- initially starter, but they are now on Maintenance.

7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
I once tried to stabilize the wings up into the normal position with a wrap, and that lasted about 1/2 second until the gosling removed it. I have not touched the feathers, b/c I was hoping that they were just slow to "unfurl"

9 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
I would like to know what this feather abnormality is called. I will pursue specialty vet care if needed, but I would like to learn more about the condition before proceeding. We do NOT have local bird vets, but I am willing to drive to a specialist.

10) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
For the life of me I cannot figure out how to put the picture in, but basically, instead of a long full feather with a hard round base -- it's just a long, hard, round base w/ a tiny feather sticking out at the end. So, for some reason, the feather is not "unfurling" and breaking out of the hard base.

11) Describe the housing/bedding in use
These geese are now "free range" on just over an acre w/ 2 kiddie swimming pools of water that are emptied, cleaned, and refilled at least once a day - sometimes twice. They choose whether to sleep on the grass pasture or on the straw in their barn / shelter.

So, the goose is active, eating, swimming, and keeping up w/ his / her siblings in every way -- just can't yet keep wings UP and wings have those weird feathers. I have to suspect that the weird feather development on the wings may be making them heavier and thus more difficult to hold up in the normal position. This is NOT angel wing -- they don't turn out -- just fall down as if they are too heavy to keep in place.

Thanks in advance for your help & advice for this little guy!

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