It's hard to know without a recording of the actual vocalization, but a distressed gosling will peep loudly and constantly.
How warm do you keep your home? And does she have free access to a heat lamp? Generally, it is recommended to keep the warming area for goslings at 90F for the first week, 85F for the second week, 80F for the third week, and so on until they have acclimated to ambient temperatures.
The water dish should be deep enough for her to submerge her bill in it. Geese tend to be messy feeders (although less so than ducks!), so they need a lot of water to clean out their bills. If her whole head fits in, that is fine as well. That should help her keep her face, and notably her eyes, clean.
I should have mentioned that you will need to cut the greens into tiny pieces. Geese normally feed by tearing at the grass, cutting it with the serrations on their bills and tongues, but if the blades are not firmly attached to the roots, they will not have any leverage to do so. As for the feed, there ought to be plenty of vitamins in the starter mix. And she will get plenty more as she transitions to a more natural diet. As long as she has access to many food sources, she should have the instincts to pick the correct balance. Just keep her away from the scratch grains! That is just goose candy
"You can easily prevent angel wing by not feeding your waterfowl high protein, high energy rations. Once the birds reach two weeks of age, feed them a ration having no more than 16 percent protein. If you notice that a bird’s wing is starting to twist outward, you can often correct the situation by switching to a diet of alfalfa pellets (available from most farm stores). Free ranging young waterfowl where they can graze on improved pasture is another good way to keep them from developing angel wing.
While a duck or goose is still young, angel wing usually can be corrected by using vet wrap to secure the last two joints of the wing for 4 or 5 days. The wrap will hold the feathers in proper position and help the wing grow in the right direction until the wrist joint becomes strong enough to support feather growth. To prevent binding as the wing grows, and to allow the bird to exercise its wing muscles, remove the vet wrap each evening and reapply it in the morning. The wing joint will be fully developed and able to support the wing properly by the time the bird reaches 16 weeks of age, after which a duck or goose is no longer in danger of developing angel wing."
While the wild game bird stuff I bought wasn't cheap, I'm sure there is a recipe out there to mimic it for much less, I just didn't have the extra time to look into it, but you may want to look into the condition, and see if your feed might potentially cause the condition. I wish you the best of luck in trying to raise a gosling. Only reason I mention it, is because someone "dropped off" a pair of lame farm ducks to the pond at the edge of my property, one has angel wing, and the other has a hurt leg (she hobbles). The girl managed to migrate with a pack of mallards last year, and the angel wing boy was stuck here all winter since he cannot fly well. She came back, but it would have been nice if they could move as a pair.
I second the idea of a companion. Geese are very family oriented. The bigger the "family" the better.
She's running at you with her mouth open because she is practicing charging. She knows you're safe and won't challenge her. She needs to learn that she isn't always in charge. It won't break her spirit; I think it makes them feel more secure. As long as we don't abuse the privelage, everybody wins.
Have the baby vent sexed. There are videos on YouTube. If it's a gander (male), you need to get a handle on discipline now. Adult geese can do serious damage! Don't get me wrong, I love my geese, but they know that they're not MY boss.
Yes, charging is a no-no. All you have to do is stand up and start walking towards her. SHE has to be the one to turn away. Don't stop when she starts backing away. Geese are bullies, and if you call their bluff, they usually back down. Make eye contact until SHE ends back. Yes, she may need to charge at something later, you're just teaching her that she shouldn't charge YOU.
Thank you for setting me straight, I checked the type I think I had bought and you are absolutely correct, I feel foolish for not checking the percentages, I went off the description that said it was specifically for geese and other "wild birds" and assumed it was the correct amount for their feed. What I don't understand is why a product would be marketed as such that could cause harm to the bird? I'm thankful the mallards I raised on it were fine, I only supplemented with it, and I'm glad that you have provided more accurate information to the OP. Thank You!
Marissa Creston wrote:Good point about angel wing. However game bird feed generally has even more protein and energy than chicken starter feed. Most game bird feeds are around 22% - 24% protein and game bird starter feeds can be as high as 30% protein while most chicken starter feeds are around 18% - 20% protein. I have had good results starting my ducklings and goslings on "flock raiser" feed (18% protein crumbles) then switching them to an "all flock" feed (16% protein crumbles) at five or six weeks, once their growth rate has slowed and they have mostly feathered out. And, of course, I supplement their diet with fresh greens. Goslings love dandelions in particular. Anyhow, good luck with it! I'm sure with your care she will be just fine
I went off the description that said it was specifically for geese and other "wild birds" and assumed it was the correct amount for their feed. What I don't understand is why a product would be marketed as such that could cause harm to the bird?
Not to worry Advertising can be very deceptive. It gets us all sometimes. Last summer, I bought a new gardening hat. I didn't bother to read the label because it was just a hat. Unfortunately, obvious isn't obvious anymore. That hat came treated with permethrin!
According to the current theory, angel wing is caused by a combination of genetics and diet, specifically an excess of carbohydrates and proteins coupled with a deficiency of vitamin D, vitamin E, and manganese. Pure speculation, but perhaps the high protein levels are not problematic as long as the feed is heavily fortified with those vitamins and minerals. Anyhow, if you remember the brand, it would be interesting to know their take on it.