Help please.. Gosling with sprained hip? :/

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Puddle Foot Farm, May 23, 2010.

  1. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Hi all,

    I don't really know if it's even possible, but it look like one of my cotton patch has a sprained hip. He is eating/drinking, but will not walk much. He's sitting next to the water and walks a couple steps to get food, then comes back to lay down again. I took him out to see what was up, and he has some sort of swelling around his hip-area. When he walks, he kind of limps and when he stands he tries to balance with minimal pressure on that leg. What should I do to keep it from getting worse? And, just making sure, this isn't a sign that he's sick, right? One of our goslings died the other day very suddenly (I turned around for a second and when I turned back around, she was dead, literally) for an unknown reason, but my mom said she "hadn't been looking well" for a couple days, and was laying down a lot. I thought that it wasn't a disease, probably some sort of internal problem that she was born with, since all other poultry in our brooder room are thriving, including her younger brothers and sisters who are in her brooder.

    So, hoping that it isn't a disease, should I separate him with a friend and wrap it? Ice/heat it? Do anything to it? It doesn't feel like it's out of its socket or anything, just sprained/pulled and a bit swollen.


  2. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chirping

    Apr 24, 2010
    I'm definitely no expert but I've had a couple of my geese who have started limping for unknown reasons and completely heal up in a few days. When that happened in the two seperate instances they seem to know to protect it by staying off of it as much as possible so it can heal. I would watch him for a couple days and monitor the swelling to be sure it isn't getting worse and see how he does.
  3. Lund Poultry

    Lund Poultry Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, WI
    First, you are not feeding medicated food (correct)?

    Second, how old are they?

    Geese need lots of room to move around to develope strong legs and also room to be able to run and flap there wings.

    I raise heavy breeds of geese and after a couple of days they go out into the grass in wire rings with plenty of water and ROOM to run and play.

    I DO NOT feed any grain EVER when they are out during the day! Why, you may be asking is geese are grass eaters and if they have plenty of this they are fine. I have also found I NEVER have angel wing anymore when I do this. They only have there duck crumble, pellet, wheat, oat mix at night.

    If you do not have the access for them to be on grass go out and pull some grass and give them (all geese love short grass that if fine) not the long coarse stuff. I think they will be fine if you let them have more room to run and ample grass time during the day!

    This is what I do and have great luck! Good luck and hope all turns out well.
  4. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    They're not on medicated food, and I think he is 2-3 weeks old. The group of them came as mixed ages from Tom Walker because of hatching issues. They get free choice of food during the day with bowls and bowls and bowls of chopped up "salad" (greens collected from the yard). They have just enough space, but we are splitting them into two brooders soon and making them an outside playpen so they have plenty of room. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the advice! I will separate him asap with a friend. Yesterday when we took him out to watch him walk and then tried to catch him, he hissed at us. I guess that shows he still has spunk? [​IMG]
  5. SDChef

    SDChef Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    Quote:I don't like to correct people, but by saying this you are in fact passing around false information. Not ALL medicated feeds are bad for waterfowl, I have been raising my ducks and geese on feed medicated with Amprolium which is safe for them and chickens. I am not the only person doing this as my friend who has had ducks for a year now had his on the same diet, and the feed I use (Nutrena chick starter/grower)is all that my feed store will sell because of the quality. All has been well and they are all healthy and happy 4 week old's.

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