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Swollen Gosling Foot

Discussion in 'Geese' started by tankduck, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. tankduck

    tankduck Hatching

    Jul 9, 2010
    Morning guys and girls!!

    I'm new here so howdy, have been reading this forum for ages but have only just registered...finally!!

    Anywho, we have recently added a couple of geese to our ducklings (10 week old ducks and 10 week old goslings) and one of them had a limp when we got him back from the country show where we got him. Rang the breeder, said that it will probably go in the next few days...and it hasn't. Two weeks later it seems worse, it was swollen originally and is still swollen about the same amount but I'm really worried about him.

    There is no break in the skin, he just has a swollen pad, no discolouration and doesn't hurt him if you squeeze or touch it. He sometimes stands with that foot elevated and limps quite badly.

    Anyone got any ideas, I'm really worried [​IMG]

    I've attached photos of him standing on one foot and a closeup of the swollen pad:


    SAORSA Chirping

    Apr 23, 2010
    Wine Country
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from central California Kris,

    I cannot answer your question from experience but didn't want your first post to go unanswered.
    Someone here will have the answer you need if they catch the post.

    It seems to me that there may be a thorn or something in his pad that has calloused over.
    You could soak his foot in warm epsom salt a couple of times a day to see if that helps.
    I hope you get a better answer.

    You could "search", upper right hand corner of the page, "swollen foot pad" and see what comes up ?

    My two cents [​IMG]
  3. laughaha

    laughaha Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Hi, I wish I could help but I'm clueless. Just wanted to say howdy and how cute your ducks and geese are.
  4. Jenifer Kraus

    Jenifer Kraus Chirping

    Jun 16, 2010
    Sometimes rocks can bruise the pads or maybe he stepped on a sticker. If you can keep him on dry thick hay for a while that may help. They sure don't look dry that they would be cracked. Hopefully it will go away soon.
  5. tankduck

    tankduck Hatching

    Jul 9, 2010
    Thanks for your posts everyone, but he hasn't appeared to have improved, if anything he is worse now because now one side of his face (ironically same side as foot) is swollen and his eye is weeping.

    Anyway, the breeder is being a dick and basically saying that he'll come replace it....ie kill it so I want to try and make him better and save him.

    Now the pad isn't red or warm which is what people have said about bumblefoot, but is there anychance this could be bumblefoot anyway? There is no scab or anything so what do people think?

    Sorry to resurrect this thread but I'm really worried about the poor thing [​IMG]

  6. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    Don't worry about resurrecting the thread and don't let that idiot kill the goose. Call your local veterinarian, or one that sees birds and see if you can't get some antibiotics for him. He has some kind of infection. His whole ankle is swollen up, as well as the pad (looks like it in the pic where he's holding it up).

    I'm thinking injectable antibiotics, rather than oral, they are usually stronger. Are you able to take him to an avian vet? Not cheap (ask me how I know). Lots of vets will allow you to purchase antibiotics and needles/droppers without a visit, too, just have to call around.

    Another idea is to get Durapen (penicillin) from the feed store. It's not as strong perhaps as others but it is better than nothing. My guess is a septic joint (ankle) or an infected pad. Take a good long look at the pad for any black spots that won't wash off, that would be an entry for a sticker or the like. Keep us posted!

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