Gosling seem thin

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  1. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been rounding up everyone over the last few days and marking them with bands before they get too similar to tell apart.
    Today, I rounded up the last gosling, a 13 week old African. This gosling also ripped off a toenail a few days ago so I wanted to get a good look at the toe.

    When I picked him up, he seemed kind of thin. It is losing a lot of feathers (looks much worse than it's hatch mate) I did read somewhere that geese get new feathers at several different ages when young so I wasn't too concerned about the feather loss. But having a good amount of contact with it a few days ago to clean it's toe, it seems to be thin.

    It does not look thin just on a visual but I could feel the breast bone somewhat distinctly. Since it's injury, he had a little limp and is slower than the others but seems to be improving every day. It is eating (Flock Raiser mixed with grains) and acting normal in every other way. I just don't recall it feeling so thin.

    Suggestions? And is the feather loss normal at this age?
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    is it last to the feed pan with not much left? if so you may want to use more than 2 feed pans spread apart so everyone has a chance to get to the feed.
     
  3. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, the geese get a feed pan to themselves (with an occasional duck or chicken snacking too) They are always the first there and I have not seen any of the geese bullying other geese (just ducks or chickens) away from the bowls.
     
  4. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Overrun With Chickens

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    His appetite may have been affected from being hurt and separated from his group. Like all animals (horses, dogs, humans, etc.), when geese are not feeling well and/or are depressed, they don't have their normal appetite.

    However, if you are feeding 5 goslings from the same feed pan, there may be a pecking order among them that you are not seeing. Try feeding them from 2 pans.
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually stood and watched them at feeding time today. There isn't a pecking order for food (yet, unless you are a chicken) he ate as greedily as the others. I have only been feeding everyone once a day to encourage foraging. Maybe later I'll take this little one some extra feed. I'm only concerned because this is the smallest of the goslings. There is only 2 weeks difference between them, the oldest is a chinese, all of the africans are bigger or the same size of the chinese now except this one. It also seems to be going through a harder time replacing feathers, which I know is affected by nutrition.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you get some Poultry Nutri drench and add it to their water? it would actually be good for all the flock.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Miss Lydia. I'll look into it and see if my local TSC carries it. I looked at their website and I don't recall ever seeing it but they are out of alot of things, alot of the time.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    you can order on line I buy it by the quart lasts longer that way.
     
  9. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will search for it. Thanks!
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'm thinking I ordered from Twin City Poultry the last time I ordered it,.
     

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