In the Brooder
- Mar 21, 2016
Like the title says we have lost 3 geese in 2 days. A little background: The geese are a little over 1 year old and have had no prior health issues that I know of. They were free range until 2 months ago when they began wandering across the road. They are currently housed in a 10x10 chain link dog kennel and have a large metal watering container which is big enough for them to climb into and bath. Part of the kennel is shaded. The temps here have been in the low 90s with the heat index. We move the kennel every few days to give them fresh grass and it is supplemented with layer pellets and chicken scratch every other day and occasional leftovers, most recently watermelon rinds and a few pieces of pineapple (fed sunday). The first goose was found dead Monday morning. The goose did not act lethargic or have any symptoms of a respiratory infection or any injuries (missing feathers, blood etc). The second goose was found dead Monday night, same condition. I fed them scratch and pellets today and they didn't act like they normally do and get excited about the food. I got home from work about 3 hours ago and they both seemed fine. I just checked on them again and found a third one dead and the surviving goose is hanging its head and acting lethargic. Any ideas what may be causing this? Is there anything I'm doing wrong? We haven't had this problem before and they just seem to be dying for no reason. These are our first geese but we have had chickens for years with no similar issues. Any idea how to save the last one? Thanks in advance for your help. Let me know if you need more information.