Help -- I have a dirty boy!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Denninmi, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    The youngest male Pilgrim gosling, "Jack" is dirty underneath roughly from a few inches in front of the legs to a few inches behind.

    The problem seems to be that he doesn't bathe like the other two, who are pristine underneath.
    Jack has NEVER to my knowledge gone into the two cement mixing troughs I am currently using as pools for them -- cold fresh water, warm water, nothing. They certainly aren't two deep, for those unfamiliar with them they're about six inches deep and probably about 18 x 30 inches I'm guessing. It is roughly knee high to them, so they can easily step in and out. The bottoms aren't that slippery, either. One was used for mixing cement previously, so its bottom is very scratched and non-slip, the other was new but isn't really slippery.

    The other two climb right in all of the time. He goes to the edge, dips his head and neck, splashes some water on himself, and preens, but just won't climb in. He preens the feathers underneath, but I guess without a good bath to soak the dirt out of them it's not doing the job.

    Any thoughts on how to encourage him to bathe and clean himself?

    I'm going to wash the dirty spot this afternoon with some "whitening" type dog shampoo -- I did this last weekend and it looked a little better for a couple of days.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    Geese are livestock. Not purse poodles. He'll be fine. [​IMG]
  3. n4zty

    n4zty Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2011
    Quote:very well said lol!
  4. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Give him time, but he may never get completely in the troughs. I had some geese that took longer to get in the lake and swim. I have some geese who bather in the lake frequently and others who rarely do as adults. Those are content to stand around their buckets and wash and preen themselves. It's just the preferences of individual geese I guess.

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