Help with "premature" gosling

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cici_p, May 11, 2009.

  1. cici_p

    cici_p Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    One of my goslings came out smaller and splay legged, even though it was the last to hatch--I think the egg must have been in a cooler spot.
    I left it in the incubator for the first 24 hrs, because it took a long time to dry off and seemed shakier than the rest. After the 24 hrs it seemed to be bright and chirpy, so I made it some leg splints out of yarn and put it in the brooder with the rest. It was able to walk around some, and the others were snuggling with it and not being mean at all.
    The following morning it seemd weaker, and cold although it was right underneath the heat lamp. Still not interested in food or water although the rest of my goslings wanted food by the time they were 12 hrs old.
    I syringed a small amountt of a mix of gro-gel, water, and baby vitamins to it, and put it in the incubator so it would stay warm.
    Tonight it was about the same, and I repeated.
    I have been keeping it with me tonight and holding it against my skin, and that is the only thing that seems to be helping. It still does not want to eat, but is chirping at me more, and seems brighter.
    does anyone have any other ideas of what I can do for this little one??

  2. cici_p

    cici_p Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Well, unless anyone has some miracle advice, I don't think the little one is going ot make it.
    It is weaker this morning, tilting its head to the side, and colapsing to the left. It is also breathing fairly hard. the only other thing I can think to do is give it antibiotics, but I don't know what kind is safe for a goose?
  3. Webfoot

    Webfoot Songster

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central TX
    It didn't develop properly, and it doesn't sound like it'll survive. Antibiotics won't do any good. Sorry, it's not fun, but this happens.

  4. chickygirl2

    chickygirl2 Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    upper marlboro. md
    I had one like this- late to hatch. It didn't want to eat or drink although I did try to interest it in both. I knew what was coming and it did. I am sorry about your baby. I don't think there is anything to do except keep it comfortable.
  5. cici_p

    cici_p Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Well, nevermind, he is already gone. [​IMG]
    Yes, I was expecting this, but you never know.
    It is amazing how quickly life can leave their little bodies. [​IMG]
    Don't think there is anything I could have done--it seems like something was probably not formed right internally. He had the strength to break out of the egg, but not to survive.
    It is just sad, because it seemed so active and vibrant when it first hatched.
    Thanks everyone.

  6. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    [​IMG] I'm sorry for your loss. Even though you were expecting it, it doesn't make it less sad. [​IMG]

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