Gosling with a bent neck problem.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by reveriereptile, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Northern NY
    We had a gosling that started to hatch Saturday afternoon. The next day we checked on it and it had about a 2 inch hole but the skin color didn't look right so we decided to help it some. After getting half the shell off we noticed it was grey and clamy looking and was about half dead. We finished hatching it after seeing all the yolk was asborbed and it turned pink again but I don't know if it was cramped up to long or if it's neck grew the way it did. The neck is bent to the side as if it was still in the shell and it won't straighten it out. I've gently tried holding the neck straight but everytime it twitched the muscles kept pulling over to the side. It is moving the head around more but keeping its neck in the same place. We don't know what to do with it since it is the first we had with the problem. I tried looking online but didn't come up with anything. Should we leave it alone but make sure we feed and water it, is there a neck brace we can make, or should we put it down? It can move the legs around alright and is alert.
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I wish I knew what to tell you. I'll just bump this up and see if there isn't someone who comes along to help.
  3. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    One of my goslings arrived with a bent neck at 3 days old. After a few weeks it was gone. I think it just need time to strengthen the muscles and grow. I hope yours does the same.
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I agree. Give the gosling a few days to unroll from the egg shape.
    Adding V&E powder to drinking water for a viatmin boost won't hurt either.
    Good luck and keep us posted! [​IMG]
  5. julie 1

    julie 1 Hatching

    Apr 14, 2014
    I also have a gosling just hatched with a bent neck, can I put a splint on it to help it come straight ? any ideas grateful, all others hatched ok.
  6. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

    Jan 10, 2014
    Hi there, I had a peahen hatch like this several years ago. She was under her mom when she hatched, but she was 2 days later than the other chicks. Her neck never straightened out, she walked funny and could never fly. I read something later after it was too late, it said it was probably from the extra time in the shell, the muscles and bones were in that position too long. It said a foam donut around the neck(like a cervical collar) can help hold it out straight and give the muscles & tendons a chance to stretch, while the bones continue to harden. Must be done asap though, if you wait and it does not correct itself it will be too late to try this. Sorry I cannot remember where I saw the info.

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