Goslings not looking good

Magriet

Chirping
Oct 10, 2020
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Pretoria, South Africa
I am worried about our goslings. Yhey are a month old. My husband managed to catch one to take to the vet. He said to deworm them and he said they are in relative good condition. We could not catch them to deworm them so we put it in the drinking water and it seemed to work although I know the dosis would not be completely correct.

We have had cold rainy weather so I don't know if it played a role. The space we have to keep them is not very big but big enouhh that they can run and flap their wings. There is some grass as well. We feed them duck pellets and some kale twice a day with enough fresh water all the time.

We keep it as clean as possible but it is difficult as you can guess with 6 goslings and mom and dad. We will have to make another plan in the new year, we may have to rehome them but I do not even want to think that far yet.

Attach some photos, may be you can get an idea.
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Brooke_R

Songster
Sep 15, 2020
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I am worried about our goslings. Yhey are a month old. My husband managed to catch one to take to the vet. He said to deworm them and he said they are in relative good condition. We could not catch them to deworm them so we put it in the drinking water and it seemed to work although I know the dosis would not be completely correct.

We have had cold rainy weather so I don't know if it played a role. The space we have to keep them is not very big but big enouhh that they can run and flap their wings. There is some grass as well. We feed them duck pellets and some kale twice a day with enough fresh water all the time.

We keep it as clean as possible but it is difficult as you can guess with 6 goslings and mom and dad. We will have to make another plan in the new year, we may have to rehome them but I do not even want to think that far yet.

Attach some photos, may be you can get an idea. View attachment 2879855 View attachment 2879858
What are they doing or what looks wrong with them?
 

Brooke_R

Songster
Sep 15, 2020
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I am sorry they just look sort of scragly. They have funny pieces of things sticking out at the back, I do not know if they are getting feathers.
It may just be how they’re supposed to look. I’ve only had ducklings but they can look rough when they’re young and first getting feathers. What you see on their backs could possibly be feathers starting to grow. Based on the picture they look normal to me
 

iturnknobs

Chirping
Dec 8, 2020
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Unless there's something specific that is concerning you, they are probably OK. They look just like mine when their adult feathers were coming in. If it's cold by you, they may not be ready for the unforgiving weather quite yet.
 

Magriet

Chirping
Oct 10, 2020
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Pretoria, South Africa
Thank you, yes it is supposed to be hot here now so they are definitely ready for it as it is supposed to be late spring and now we get these cold spells very unseasonal. That is probably the problem, I tend to worry very easily and because the gander basically keeps us at a distance
 

drakezilla

Songster
Jun 7, 2019
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Colorado
I am sorry they just look sort of scragly. They have funny pieces of things sticking out at the back, I do not know if they are getting feathers.
You gotta love the ugly duckling stage there making the swan come out. Make sure you keep there protein low right now so if you are feeding a supplement food to your geese right now make sure it is low protein 14% preferred 17% considered safe since they have grass available to them. Growing feathers takes allot out of them but you dont want them coming in to quickly with a high protein feed. There feet are getting bigger right now so they will slow down and move slower. Once there wings come in they will use thous to get active again.
 

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