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VERY lethargic goose. THANK YOU FOR the HELP!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by coondogs, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. coondogs

    coondogs Hatching

    Mar 9, 2016
    Hi everyone. I just want to say first, how wonderful and helpful you all are. Although this account is new, I have been here before (previously, idaschickens) and have interacted with many of you wonderful people! And you've helped me so much! So, THANK YOU ALL! Sincerely.

    I am here now unfortunately, because I have a very sick goose, as the thread title states...

    She was absolutely fine yesterday, and in fact, has always been my "good goose", never an issue. She is almost a year.

    Today, completely lame..both legs behind her. I can move them and she doesn't seem stiff or hot.
    Very lethargic. Slightly panting.
    Abdomen and crop both palpable. Soft, not hard...I cannot feel a trapped egg anywhere.
    No discharge anywhere or signs of attack.
    She is trying to drink but seems to "shake it away" when attempting to swallow.
    As of the last time I checked, she can still hold up her head, but that is it.
    No signs of bumblefoot.

    All of the other birds in her flock seem fine.
    I did try to let her swim..she can float but just lets her legs hang out behind her.

    The whole flock gets layer feed, sprouted oats, access to pasture, vitamins on occasion including niacin for the waterfowl, and constant fresh water. They do not have access to other wild fowl and I try very hard (although I am far from perfect still) to keep bio-secure. The rest of the flock (not waterfowl) are NPIP certified.

    She is confined in some clean straw right now and "resting". I have attempted to give her small drops of fresh water, but again, she just seems to shake it off. I have felt all over her body and her frame seems adequate, sizable, not meager at all.. and she doesn't seem to be painful in any spot, including along her spine.

    I feel like I may have narrowed it down to poisoning of some kind (looking through feed and straw right now), egg binding (not sure if she has laid yet or not this season), or an injury from my other goose mounting her (although they both seemed to be taking turns at it just fine, and she was okay last night...so, IDK.)

    Thank you all again. If anyone has been through this or has any ideas, I truly appreciate you sharing.
    I've been reading for a few hours online now in between trying to nurse her in the barn, and I have even called the few vets in the area we have. None of them see geese.

    Thank you for your help! -Coondogs

  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @coondogs how is your goose this morning? There is a thread about treating for Toxins

    and another for treating in emergencies I'll get that one for you. Could she have picked up metal? that one can't be treated with the link I gave you and will need vet attention.

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  3. coondogs

    coondogs Hatching

    Mar 9, 2016
    Miss Lydia! Thank you so much for your response and links! I will be bookmarking these for reference in the future since THANKFULLY when I went to check on her she seemed right back to her old self!! Up and about, honking at me, wanting outside... YEAH!

    I spent most of yesterday with her slowly giving her small sips of plain water and petting her, feeling for swelling and hot/stiff joints. She stayed separate from the flock in a dry nest that I put down with an easily accessible water bucket...so she could just sip when she needed to. I also softened some feed for her, sprinkled with a bit of brewers yeast, which she nibbled at. And, knock on wood, I watched closely the rest of the flock for the day, and no one else had any issues...so, I gather either she got into something or she was injured somehow. I am still a little worried about egg binding since she has yet to lay an egg, while my other girl has already laid three this season! Her belly felt fine though...(Hmmmm...starting to wonder about her sex now....)

    Anyway, whatever it was, I am so thankful! She is the best girl (or boy?), never hisses at me, lets me pick her up (though I don't unless I need to) and she would eat from my hand if I let her. She always makes those happy low goose honks when she sees me....I never thought I would have a "pet" goose!

    Also, they are both Tufted Romans...a very important part of info that I left out in my last post...oops!

    I hope you are well, Miss Lydia! Thank you again for all your help!
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    @coondogs that is great news!! I know your relieved. Low honking sounds like female my 4 yr old female just laid her first egg this week while my 1.5 yr old has already laid 8 so she may just not be ready yet but it should be soon. My ganders are all acting ornery since breeding season is under way wanting to bite me and being obnoxious. [​IMG] So your goose doesn't sound like a gander. lol Usually pretty easy to pick out a gander this time of year. I'd love to see some pics We don't get to see Tufted Romans very often.

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