Seriously Injured Goose

Discussion in 'Geese' started by magpiebirdie, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. magpiebirdie

    magpiebirdie Chirping

    Dec 13, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Longtime chicken keeper, short-time goose keeper.

    One of our three 1-year old Pilgrims seems to have injured herself pretty seriously -- she has a long puncture wound from mid-belly, down between her legs. (Between the fat rolls, basically.) The skin flaps are dangling and I can see the abdominal membrane, but I don't think it's been punctured.

    Two days ago we noticed she was listless and limping. No obvious swelling or injuries at that time, and no signs of bumblefoot. One leg was warmer than the other, so we started daily Penicillin Procaine injections. She seemed to be improving, but this morning the dangling skin flap appeared -- after I picked her up, I saw the wound. :hit

    She's currently separated in our recovery pen with water & her favorite snacks, and when my husband gets home from work tonight we'll take a closer look just to make sure that all her insides are still inside where they should be. I've helped chickens recover from similar wounds (hawk attacks) on their legs and back, but never a belly wound like this. This is also my first time handling a serious goose injury. (These three free range on our farm and have "personality plus," so I doubt it will be the last!)

    Assuming it's just the skin that's been torn -- is this an injury she could recover from? When our chickens were injured, our vet advised us not to give stitches because with care and time, the skin would regenerate. (It did.) Do geese heal in the same way? Is there any special or different that we need to be doing with a goose vs a chicken? Typically we would clean the wound very well with sterile saline solution, then a betadine wash and daily Neosporin packing/bandaging until the wound skins over. Penicillin injections until we stop bandaging.

    What do you all think? We're softies, and want to avoid the chopping block if at all possible. With only three geese, she's more of a pet than Christmas dinner.
  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    I think this one needs to go to @casportpony she knows wound care better than anyone. Is there anyway to get a pic of what your seeing @magpiebirdie ?
  4. staceyj

    staceyj Enabler

    Jan 1, 2017
    Coastal NC
    My Coop
    I’d love to see some photos of this. If the flesh is fresh enough it could be brought together with stitches but left open at the top and bottom to allow for drainage.
  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Sorry, I'm not a goose momma, but I would assume it would be safe to treat similarly to a chicken, unless someone advises otherwise.

    Sure hope you can fix her up! Where do you think the damage came from? Hawks usually attack the back of the neck also, so look her over for other wounds too? Any possibility of a snapping turtle or some other predator?
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Thanks for the vote of confidence @Miss Lydia, though there are plenty of people with lots of good wound care advice. A wound in this area is my worst nightmare, but if the abdominal cavity has not been breached, she might recover it it doesn't get infected. For this type of sound I would start by looking for a breach, if no breach found I would pluck feathers 1/2" to 1" away from wound edges, thoroughly debride and rinse with saline and chlorhexidine. If I thought I could get the wound clean enough I might consider suturing it. If not, I guess I would try to wrap it, like I did for that breast blister rooster in that other thread.

    I would also start Baytril to cover any of the gram negative bacteria. If not drinking and eating, I would give fluids and tube feed.
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  8. magpiebirdie

    magpiebirdie Chirping

    Dec 13, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Thank you all so much for your help. Here's what we're looking at -- the pink at the top is skin, not intestine.

    @casportpony in your experience any particular challenges/tricks in tube-feeding a goose? I've tube-fed many a chicken with Kaytee.

    @WVduckchick Not really sure -- it's possible it was a snapping turtle, they have access to three large ponds with some pretty big chompers (we've observed them). The rest of her is clean as a whistle -- her belly wound is the only wound. They seem to enjoy buzzing fences and buildings by mere millimeters; maybe she clipped the top of a t-post? The geese are locked in a small concrete block building each night, so evening predators probably aren't involved. I sure wish I knew what happened!

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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Can you pluck the feathers around the wound and post a new picture picture?

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