So my goose has injured her leg (video)

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Miss CluckyButt, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Miss CluckyButt

    Miss CluckyButt Out Of The Brooder

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    I came home last night to a limping goose. I took some video this morning. She lets me feel her leg and doesn't put up a fuss, which is surprising because they've been attacking me this season. I knew something was wrong with her because she let me approach her to inspect. I'm not feeling anything out of sorts, but it is definitely hot to the touch. In the video it appears her ankle may be swollen, but I can't really see that when she steps down. When she walks, it's difficult to discern whether she's favoring it up high at the hip, or down near the foot. The underside of her foot looks fine and her toes are all intact.

    As a side note, when watching the video, is it safe to assume I have a goose and a gander because of how the gander appears to always be trying to stand between me the goose? She had grey tipped feathers until her full wing molt last fall. The new feathers all grew in pure white, so one way to now tell them apart is the shape of bridge of their bill where of it meets the forehead. His has a prominent "V" and hers is less pronounced.

    They were both swimming around in their pool when I left from work, so I know she can get in and out of it o.k. When I get home from work tonight, I will inspect her leg again. Would arnica gel on that leg do any harm? When is it best to confine them to a smaller space versus letting her exercise the leg on her own? Comments, suggestions and thoughts are welcome.

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  2. The goose girl

    The goose girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cute! And I love the photobomb duck! The one who wants to stand closer to you sounds very, very much like a gander. I can't really hear the limping one, but their behavior sure looks like they're a male and a female.

    I don't know about the foot/leg. I'd give it time, unless it gets worse. I once had a goose limp for a day - she hurt herself getting out of the bathtub to chase away a cat she didn't know. She could hardly walk, but there was nothing to see or feel, and the next day the limp was totally gone.
     
  3. Miss Lydia

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    @Miss CluckyButt you def have a goose and gander. And they are gorgeous too. Love the videos of you duck also . She may have gotten out of the pool with out using the ramp and injured her ankle [Sprain] so if you see it getting worse or no better I would confine them for a few days so she rests more. You could also try soaking her leg in warm epsom salt water but you may get bit. Your gander reminds me of mine Embden also Mr Very Protective right now. And mine will bite if given the chance.
     
  4. Miss CluckyButt

    Miss CluckyButt Out Of The Brooder

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    That cute drake is constantly under foot. He's a "quack up."

    With my goose, my first concern was a dislocation or something bad like a break, but I'm hoping it's just a sprain. She slammed really hard into/over a water bucket over the weekend while zooming across the yard and went for a tumble, but got right back up with no limp. I don't know if this is a delayed reaction from that or if she did something during the day yesterday like stepping out of the pool wrong or maybe splayed a leg during mating activities. Thanks for the reassuring words regarding your goose's limp being short-lived. I'll report back if she does the same.
     
  5. Miss CluckyButt

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    They both attacked me during feeding time yesterday. I have to carry an open umbrella during the spring to make them keep their distance. When I came in with it folded, and set it down to pour food, they took advantage and went full red zone on me and I ended up with a split fingertip and a few new bruises from the wing beatings. As soon as I got to where I set down my little umbrella and "whoomped" it open, they went running, but came back and followed me around while I finished up with watering.

    Both geese were quiet when I came home last night at 8:30 pm. Lately they've been screaming at the top of their lungs whenever a leaf blows by. I noticed her limp, but she wouldn't let me go near her in the dark. This morning she let me walk right up and examine and hold her, which is unique because she's usually quite the biter. The gander has always been more cuddly and approachable, but is still testy right now. He was respectful the whole time I was examining her this morning, so I hope they both know I was trying to help. When they get feisty again, I'll know she's feeling better.
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Amazing I didn't know a female Embden would also be nasty.lol

    Have you seen them breeding and have you any eggs yet? My geese are breeding but I haven't seen a goose egg yet.
     
  7. Miss CluckyButt

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    No eggs yet. Not last year, not this year. [​IMG] They are 2 years old this month. I have seen them partaking in barnyard pornography in the pool. [​IMG]
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    And you have actually seen the one we all say gander actually mating with the one we say is female? and you have seen the male part?And you heard the Tarzan call afterward. I am only asking since you haven't seen eggs last year or this year yet.
     
  9. Miss CluckyButt

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    I have observed some clumsy mounting, but have not witnessed a male part. Most of the time they do the head bobbing, some spinning around, one climbs on the back of the other, falls off, they spin around some more, wings flap, lather, rinse, repeat. I'm curious about the Tarzan call! Does it sound different than the rest of the time they're yelling? They are always screaming and hollering, so I frequently tune them out.
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  10. Miss Lydia

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    Well it's right after my gander hits the spot. It's the only time he actually sounds like this. And it's every time lol
     

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