Rescued a goose and some questions

Discussion in 'Geese' started by revans2003, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all! Long time no post.

    I was at the feed store today and they had a goose that had been mistreated, abandoned and scheduled to go to the slaughterhouse. I decided he gets a reprieve and can live his life happily and Honkily in my duck yard. I gave him the quarantine yard and pond.

    I believe he has angel wing but I'm not sure. Here are my questions if anyone would be so kind to answer.

    1. This guy looks like a Toulouse but his bill seems different, any thoughts?
    2. His wing is hanging off his body was high leads me to believe it's angel wing, however when he flaps he can't really flap it correctly, it sort of twists and doesn't flap right.
    3. At 1 year of age should I try a sling for angel wing?

    Thanks! I'm very excited to have him
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  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow what a beauty I don't know much about geese, so I can't help you much.
     
  3. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like an African goose to me. Are you sure its a male? The stance looks more like a girl. If it is a girl it would be a lot easier to work with and probably more likely to do well wit the other birds. Ganders can be hard to deal with, particularly in spring. My suggestion is to read up on how to deal with aggressive ganders and geese in general. Some ganders are great and others not so much. Also depending on how he or she was raised and with what other birds will make a big difference on whether or not the goose will be safe with the ducks.

    As far as the wing, it could be something else. Possibly a sprain, twist or a break even. The angel wings that I have seen have always been the tip turning out. Sometimes the whole wing was involved but it always started at the tip. Angel wing is usually from growth being to fast so the muscles don't get strong enough fast enough and just can't keep the wing in the proper position. The tip starts tipping out and then gravity takes over and the whole wing can stick out in the end depending on how bad it is. The pictures look more like its the front of the wing that is tipped so I am not sure here. I have had several ducks with angel wing and bandaging only works if you get it early from my experience and also from what I have read. If its something else I have no ideas on what could or should be done.
     
  4. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am most definitely not sure about the sex, that's what the feed store said but they weren't investing a lot of time in him/her. He/she is fairly tame and is tolerant of me sitting next to and talking him/her, so I gather it's been exposed to humans. She honks when I leave which leads me to believe there are abandonment issues as I was told.

    I'm taking him/her to the vet next week to check out the wing anyway, thanks for the info!

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  5. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a girl. That would be ideal if your planning on having it with ducks. A goose most likely will be okay once she settles down and gets to know them. If its a male the odds are not as good.

    That last picture really doesn't look like angel wing to me. It reminds me more of a picture of a broken wing I saw. [​IMG] Hopefully the vet can figure it out.
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My experience with ganders is as long as there isn't another goose[female] around they will bond with ducks and this one looks fairly young so hopefully that will be the case. My gander loved my Muscovy's till I brought other geese into his life. @revans2003 best of luck with your new friend and please keep us updated. Also water fowl don't carry disease like chickens so your wise to keep it separate till vet check, but hopefully after vet check you can begin introducing your new family member to the others. They really do love company and do much better if they have it.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    This goose most likely will feel it has died and gone to heaven living with you. Bless it's heart and yours for rescuing it.
     
  8. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both the quarantine pond/yard are within close site of the big pond/yard, and the ducks have done an initial investigation that ended with some tenuous quacks, but at least they know each other exist. Same deal with the night pen, there was a few honks last night but we have had a serious coyote problem lately and it may have been a coyote in the yard. I am hopeful this is a good sign :) (not the coyote part)
     
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  9. revans2003

    revans2003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was the right thing to do, poor little guy/girl. I will let everyone know what the vet says.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Look forward to hearing. [​IMG]
     

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