possible problem with goslings......i didn't know thought it was cute

Discussion in 'Geese' started by jack & mommy's duckies, May 19, 2010.

  1. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2010
    So today i posted on my facebook a little video of my 4 african goslings........
    Two of them when they drink kinda fall over......i thought this was just cute. But another goosey friend said doesn't look good looks like botulism or brain damage............
    So i'm looking for thoughts on this.......

    I uploaded the video to youtube.......and it is my first one so i hope the linc works

  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    True. That isn't quite right, though they seem to move okay. I had a duckling do something similar, throwing itself backward and flipping over. It seemed to have seizures regularly and I ended up having to put it out of its misery. All other 4 ducklings were fine.
  3. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2008
    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that means they're having seizures. We had a chick that did that whenever he drank, and it only got worse as he got older. He eventually had to be put down. [​IMG] Sorry about your babies.
  4. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Hmmm, i haven't ever saw any do that. Have they been doing that since they hatched or is this a new thing?
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I have never seen that reaction in goslings that big. In the first week or so they will throw their head back to drink, lose their balance and do a flip. Before you do anything drastic like putting them down try a higher waterer so they have to turn just the head upright to drink that might be the answer. I am fairly sure it isn't botulism (that they can recover from) looks more like brain damage to me, the taller waterer is at least worth a try.

    JROOSTER Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2010
    I was thinking the same thing maybe the water is off and not the geese.
  7. jack & mommy's duckies

    jack & mommy's duckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2010
    Thanks everyone for your info........I will build up that waterer and see what happens........and if there is brain damage i'll love them just the same.......They are so chatting and follow me everywhere...........I'll wait to see what happens as they get older.

    If anyone else has any information please still speak up..........
  8. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I had a duckling doing that last year,. It was a lot worse though and was flipping over often. i took it to the vet to have it put to sleep= But the avian specialist told me the cause was thiamine deficiency. She prescribed large doses of B group vitamins and the duckling slowly got better. She has never been 100% as she has muscle and nerve issues from the deficiency- but lives a completely normal life outside with the rest of the ducks.

    I will pm you some extra details...

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