Lilly the rescue goose! Updated with Pics

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Kim65, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Kim65

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    I am going to need to get oyster shell anyway for the pullets who'll be laying by the end of this month. I don't like giving calcium enriched feed to poultry who don't need it, so I stay with all purpose.

    Now Petey appears to be "mean" to her. He's nipping at her body, and I'm not sure if he's considering mating her or this is just "getting to know you" or if he's just being an ass [​IMG] . She doesn't like it and avoids him.

    That poor goose is definitely on the lame side. I've been working the last three days so I'm getting to know her more slowly than if I were at home. Her legs are moderately splayed though she can position them appropriately when she stands. She walks splay legged, rather than standing splay legged. And god help her if the ground is slippery, she can barely walk at all. She's completely unable to walk in the kitchen. Weakness? Perhaps, but it's her splay leggedness and lack of anatomic alignment of those legs that contribute to it.

    I know in adult geese this is more or less permanent. I imagine if she's not already arthritic, she will be soon [​IMG]

    I wonder if there is a way I can use vet wrap and encourage those legs to stay in anatomic position? Would that hurt her/hinder her at her age (three years per previous owner) ??? I'm thinking a figure 8 of vet wrap above her "knees", secured with tape maybe.

    I'm gonna make her a vet appt next week for an xray and simple blood work just in case. My llamas are coming Saturday morning and I'll need to be here all day for that one. If I can give her a supplement for her joints that would be good.

    She's eating and drinking fine, and her poop looks good too. Her eyes are bright and the only messed up feathers are on her wings, and they have almost fallen out. She has a few dry dead looking flight feathers left.

    I also noticed (finally, being at work most of the day) that she has a single lobe on her abdomen, not two. I've heard of single lobed geese, but don't know which sort have this. Well, off to Googling that one.
     
  2. Kim65

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    Hmmm. Geese who are supposed to have a single lobe are Chinese, Pomeranian and Cotton Patch geese. Lilly is pure white, definitely female (by voice and demeanor) , without a hint of a knob, and so those types are out. She has a single lobe right in the center of her belly. It's not much of nothing because she's not laying, but it's there.
     

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