sick goose -watery poop

nikkers390

Crowing
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May 7, 2007
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I put this in the emergency forum also. I'm just hoping to get some help ASAP

My normally loud boisterous goose is definitely not well.
She is an African Grey not quite a year old I have 3 females and they have been laying for the past 3 months or so. A few days ago I found a shell-less egg trampled in the pen. I don't know who laid it.
Today I when went to let the geese out to range, she slowly went with the others. She proceeded to drink water from their wading pool. She tries to act normal, but it seems to be an effort. She lays a lot and is not joining the rest of the flock.
I noticed her wings tremble a bit while resting and her vent area looks a bit wetter than the others. Also when she is squatting, her vent is moving quite actively. I saw her poop and it was very watery. Any ideas?
I want to catch this before it gets any worse.

BTW these geese are not used to being handled and retreat whenever someone approaches them.
 

RURU

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Jan 25, 2011
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If she has been laying and had a shell less egg than she could have some eggs left over in her. I am not experienced in that area. She might also need osyster shell for it helps them make the eggs shell and I also give a patio mix seedless nuts because nuts have calcium in them to help put calcium back into the bones. Females can die from lack of calcium.
Other's will join in with their ideas as well soon....
 

Iain Utah

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Dec 17, 2011
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I just got through this with my 2yo white African goose. The first soft egg broke, but most was expelled so she felt better within 24 hours without my having to do anything. 2 days later, she looked near death. This time the shelless egg broke inside of her and she did not immediately rebound, so I brought her inside per my vet instructions. She is also not used to human handling and not taken from her group before., but she handled it well. Luckily, she expelled all the egg and was better within 48 hours of taking ill, but my vet had me keep her locked up for 3 more days to intentionally cause stress to shut down her laying cycle.She was released back to pasture with her group 4 days ago and so far, she is good. One thing my vet commented on was that she was drinking very well the whole time and how critical that was to her recovery. Short of surgery, the best course of action is to disrupt laying cycle.

Good luck. This is a potentially life threatening problem.

And FYI, while providing calcium is key to good shells and the overall health of a laying bird, this condition is most commonly a metabolic glitch in her system or early stages of reproductive disease.
 

nikkers390

Crowing
14 Years
May 7, 2007
455
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Ft. Myers FL (in the Boonies)
I just got through this with my 2yo white African goose. The first soft egg broke, but most was expelled so she felt better within 24 hours without my having to do anything. 2 days later, she looked near death. This time the shelless egg broke inside of her and she did not immediately rebound, so I brought her inside per my vet instructions. She is also not used to human handling and not taken from her group before., but she handled it well. Luckily, she expelled all the egg and was better within 48 hours of taking ill, but my vet had me keep her locked up for 3 more days to intentionally cause stress to shut down her laying cycle.She was released back to pasture with her group 4 days ago and so far, she is good. One thing my vet commented on was that she was drinking very well the whole time and how critical that was to her recovery. Short of surgery, the best course of action is to disrupt laying cycle.

Good luck. This is a potentially life threatening problem.

And FYI, while providing calcium is key to good shells and the overall health of a laying bird, this condition is most commonly a metabolic glitch in her system or early stages of reproductive disease.

Thank you for the help. I was very worried about her yesterday.
When I went to their pen today, she seemed noticeably more perky. At least she was "talking" to her flock today. Still a bit slow, still drinking a lot of water, still has watery poop. She did walk around more, took a bath in her pool and did some preening. Did not notice her eat.
Bringing her in the house is not an option. I have four dogs that would love to eat her not to mention allergic hubby. The best I was able to do is put her in a separate pen for a few days. We have no barn. This is SW FL so no need to worry about cold.
I will follow up with her progress.
I have chickens and ducks, but these geese are special. They are not just livestock, they are pets.
Just a question.
What is causing the watery poop?

If she has been laying and had a shell less egg than she could have some eggs left over in her. I am not experienced in that area. She might also need osyster shell for it helps them make the eggs shell and I also give a patio mix seedless nuts because nuts have calcium in them to help put calcium back into the bones. Females can die from lack of calcium.
Other's will join in with their ideas as well soon....

I will watch her.
Their pen is built on a bed of crushed oyster shell, sand to small gravel size.
I give them lots of greens and they have access to grass and weeds all day long;
they also get a good feed before night.
I appreciate your prompt reply.
It was a great source of comfort to feel I was not going to have to handle this alone.

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Iain Utah

Crowing
9 Years
Dec 17, 2011
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With my goose, the watery looking poop was actually egg whites. If you catch her and feel the wetness around her vent, you will probably find that it is sticky, like egg whites. Hope it is a one-time deal, but if she recovers then falls ill 2 days later, you will have to take affirmative action to disrupt her laying cycle.
 

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