Goslings pulling out each other's back feathers

Discussion in 'Geese' started by bigbird, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. bigbird

    bigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    Week old goslings are hurting each other by pulling their feathers out.
    They have plenty of food and water. Temps are good. I've tried Apple bitter(I think they like it), and that didn't help.
    I have a mirror, toys and bells is there.
    HELP!!!!! What else can I do? I've read all the chicken helps, but didn't know if their advice would help with geese.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    How large in the enclosure and how many birds are in it?

    I believe most of the deterrent methods will work on geese as well but it can be trickier with them constantly wanting to get wet.
  3. servpolice

    servpolice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2013
    Your goslings are bored and need to chew on something to keep them busy.
    I had this problem every year until this year.
    Hang a shoe lace or rope in the sleeping area. They will chew on that instead of the feathers.
    Put in more then one shoe lace ;)
    Keep it clean and keep them dry too to avoid common illness.

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