Goslings feathering out?

Ms Ellen

Songster
12 Years
Aug 8, 2008
248
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186
Virginia
Hi goose people! I have 4 week old African goslings and they are loosing the fuzz on their backs but I don't see any feathers yet. Is this a normal part of feathering out or is there something wrong? They seem otherwise healthy and active. These are the first goslings I have raised.
 

flockman

Songster
9 Years
Nov 6, 2010
1,185
56
163
Northern Indiana
Are they by chance picking on each other? Are they able to graze? If they are not able to graze they could be picking feathers out of boredom. My five week old goslings have never had bare patches. Maybe someone with more experience can answer.
 

Ms Ellen

Songster
12 Years
Aug 8, 2008
248
7
186
Virginia
Thanks. Helpful to know what is and is not normal. They are grazing only about 2 hours a day total. I think it may be time to leave them in the out door pen in the day. There are only two.
 

The goose girl

Songster
10 Years
Jul 7, 2010
960
416
242
Denmark
For comparison:
My embden-type gosling is three weeks old today. She has grown white down all over her body and wings, and feathers are starting to show on her shoulders, wings, lower back and tail. She weighs 4 pounds. This is what she looked like two days ago:
 

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