Gosling (one day old) cant control neck/head

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Ecrewe, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi

    This morning a few goslings hatched underneath my broody hen. One of them is bobbing and twisting its head in all directions as if it doesnt have any muscle strength or control. The others seem fine so i doubt it has something to do with nutrition or vitamins. The gosling doesnt seem to have any obvious injuries either and everything else seems fine. Obviously the jerking neck has affected his walking too, so though his legs are working fine he topples over every couple of steps. Please help I'm not sure what to do!
    Oh! He just pooped now... its a yellowy white, slightly bubbly liquid does that mean anything?

    Thank you for reading.

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Bless and so precious. treat like wry neck if you need info let me know but even goslings can be born with nutrient troubles and treating fast means everything. So you have any human grade Brewers yeast all water fowl need it from beginning of hatch till 10 weeks old if fed a chicks starter because there isn't enough niacin in the chick feed for water fowl. @Ecrewe
     
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  3. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Miss Lydia

    Thank you for your help. It seems so peculiar that only one gosling has got it and his parents get fed sunflower seeds (high in vit E +selenium) everyday. DO you think it could be anything else other than wry neck?

    For now, I do have a (human) multi vitamin supplement on hand which contains a looooonnnnnggggg list of vitamins and minerals and trace minerals and enzymes AND amino acids!!! This includes VIt E and Selenium. Would it hurt to give him some just in case it is wry neck? If so, how much and how often should i dose him? Seeing as he cannot walk/balance do i need to hand feed him?
    Thank you for your help.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I would try to hold feed and water up to him so he can eat and drink and water is always necessary when they eat. Make sure if it can't wash it's head by itself that you keep the nares clear. If it just hatched today they won't need to eat for at least 24 hrs. Might try some water though.. Room temp.

    Sometimes it doesn't matter how well the parents were fed there can still be one that has nutritional imbalance. I have no idea why. It's not crested so probably not neurological
    Like can happen with crested. Only thing you have to watch out for is iron they cannot have iron in vits what is usually rec is Baby vitamins with out iron. Or B complex but usually baby vits. It could be something else but I am thinking possibly getting some good vitamins in the lil one you'll see a turn around pretty quick.Best way to determine if that is what it is. If these vitamins haven't iron crush it up into a gal of water so it is mixed real well then offer small amts with a dropper or syringe with out needle just inside the bill not shot down the throat. It would really be best to try to get either baby vitamins with out iron or Poultry Nurti drench.
     
  5. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost undoubtedly a nutrient problem. I would have said give niacin, but Ms Lydia says no b complex, can you explain why?. Time is very important .
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    These 2 poultry vitamins drenches are found at most feed stores, and are excellent to treat baby chicks, ducks, and goslings. Dosage is 1 ml per 3 pounds of weight daily, given by mouth.
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  7. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for all your help. I don't live in America, I live in South Africa. Therefore there are very few products for poultry available. I've been giving the gosling a human multi vitamin and though the condition hasn't improved much it certainly hasn't got worse. PHEW! However the multi vitamin blend DOES CONTAIN VIT B. Will this harm the gosling?
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    No B vitamins will not hurt unless over dosed and that can happen with other vits as well but Niacin is part of the B complex so your good there. Hopefully you'll begin to see improvement in a few days to a week keep doing the vitamins. Is the lil one able to eat? and drink on it's own?

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  9. Ecrewe

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    No. The poor thing still bangs into things while walking because of her head so she can't really eat or drink by herself. At the moment I'm feeding her grated boiled egg with chopped greens and Brewers yeast ever 4 hours and I'm giving her water + vitamins+ probiotics ever 2hrs. Is this ok?
     
  10. Miss Lydia

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    Feeding anything other than chick starter or water fowl starter requires chick grit since poultry have no way of chewing they use grit to grind their feed in the crops. I doubt you could get the lil one to eat grit at this point so I'd stick with chick or water fowl starter So she won't get a problem with her crop. But the brewers yeast mixed into the starter made into a soup along with the vitamins+ probiotics is great.

    You said she is walking that sounds like progress though?
     

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