A friend who raises poultry brought to me a day-old Toulouse gosling, hatched on Friday, 5/20. It had been pushed out of the nest, apparently while still in the egg, and then perhaps stepped on by geese or goats. She found it on its back and cold, she nearly mistook it for dead. At the time the goose was not interested neither was it interested after the baby was warm and dry. My friend had been hatching Seramas so had a brooding box already going and put it there with the famous, "if it lives, it lives." Well, it fluffed up and was alive. Since it was already bigger than the day-old Seramas and since I was already set up from raising my own, store bought, gosling (now 4 weeks) she brought it to me. It is kinda pitiful. The pictures don't show it very well, but its eyes are half shut and it can't see very well at all. Its tail keeps being pulled one way or the other, curiously the same side as in the direction it is looking at the time. It has taken this many days to quit falling and tumbling on a level surface, forget walking on uneven surface. Today at least it balances 100% better but not as it should be at 4 days. It had a panic attack when I took its food dish out for cleaning and refill, it wasn't as bad with the water. It panics if its food, water, and stuffed bear are not where it expects them to be. I suspect it can see, out of focus, a small amount but with things that are common it doesn't try to. When it panics it rushes flat out in a straight line until it hits something - and boy does it hit that something hard. I have been pretty much leaving it alone, only taking it out and holding it when I put some eye drops in to keep its eyes most. I've pulled on the lower lids to make sure that they were not tight or "frozen" for some reason. They seem to move easily so that there is nothing mechanical to prevent it from opening them. Today it seemed to actually look at my hand and want to be held. When I gave it some carpet time it did pretty good toddling around but didn't play. It even flapped its tiny wings once. Then when it was tired it came and snuggled along my arm. I want to make sure that there are not some vitamins or special considerations concerning the eyes. So far I have to grind up its food for it to easily eat it, and it spends quite a bit of time in its water dish. I'm not sure that is because it wanders in while doing other things and just doesn't care if it is wet or not, or if it is because it likes to be there. My initial theory is that it is "premature" and just now catching up. The eyes concern me though, I hope they can be improved. I've cared for sight challenged animals before but it would be better off if it could see. My 4 week old gosling, who is imprinted on people and somewhat on the dogs, is totally jealous. I've never seen a jealous goose before but there is no mistaking it. I hope that they might at least co-exist once the little one is bigger, it could be help to have a sighted goose to follow around. Top right: You can see how it won't open its eyes. The left eye is better than the right one. Middle and Left: Since I couldn't get the older gosling to quit trying to bite it long enough to take a photo together I took some with the lens cap. the little one wouldn't even come up to the belly of the older one. The older one is 4 weeks old and nearly the size of my 10 week old duckling - who are basically adults.