Today I spent the afternoon at a friends house- she contacted me a few days ago telling me the gosling she recently purchased is no longer able to stand up. She did try tapping the legs as you would for splay leg- but that has not helped. Over the course of the afternoon I went over as much as I could with my friend to try and work out what may be wrong, but was really no closer to working out a single cause and how to fix the problem. The gosling is just over 2 weeks old. It was purchased at a Poultry club run auction with a muscovy duckling. Both are eating the same feed and housed together - the duckling has no issues at all. For the first week the gosling was fine- but then it wouldnt stand up- after a few days of weakness the legs started to splay as the gosling was having difficulty standing up. It can put some weight on the legs- but the feet are curled up- and often it just ends up sitting there with both legs stretched out the back. When lifted the gosling tends to put its head down- almost as if try to balance itself- and at times it will also use its bill to try and help stand up. I have treated an extreme case of splay leg in a young goose before but this is very different. The hock joints are very normal- as are the ankles- no swelling or inflammation, the feet are also ok- except for the clenching which has now been fixed by strapping the feet the lightweight cardboard and popsicle stick supported shoes. One leg does seem to twist slightly from the hip though and I am wondering if this may be causing other issues to become more apparent as it grows. The spine is straight and the gosling is in good health and spirits otherwise and is eating . The gosling has vitamins added to the water for the last few days - and was taken out onto the grass about an hour after being taken from the brooder and food. It did nibble on the grass a bit- but didnt seem particularly interested- and made no attempt to walk. My current two gosling are little ravenous monsters who never seem to stop eating but this little one- despite a good weight didnt seem particularly excited by the vast supply of food in front of it. In the brooder it is kept on a towel for traction rather than shavings that can still slip a little, and it can bear some weight on the legs when supported. The goslings owner is going to try some " walking therapy" with it to try and get it walking with the feet supports on but I am hoping someone here may have some more specific experience or suggestions on what else may be able to be done to help this little one. If anyone else has ever encountered something similar in a young gosling I would love to hear your experience - what was done and what the outcome for the gosling was.