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    What to do when your geese get ill

    ArticlePoultry AdviceWednesday 23 February 2011
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    You've bought geese for sale but now they're ill - what to do?

    Perhaps you’re thinking of buying some of the geese for sale on the site. If so, read this brief guide to learn how best to care for your pet geese if they ever become ill.

     

    The three most common illnesses for geese are worms; lame legs; and bacterial diseases, which geese often pick up from rodents and vermin such as mice and rats.

     

    If you feed your goose a healthy, well-balanced diet of green vegetables, pellets and wheat – which provides much-needed vitamins and minerals – then it is unlikely to develop a lame leg. If it does – for example, a swollen ankle – then you should take it to a veterinary practice where they can give it a shot of antibiotics. This should clear up the problem in no time.

     

    You will also need to take your goose to the vets for an antibiotic injection if it seems to stop eating, and if it starts passing watery droppings.

     

    During breeding season female geese are more likely to die than male geese due to complications in laying eggs. Make sure during breeding season geese have plenty of grit (which is a source of calcium) to eat, as this will help prevent these problems from occurring.

     

    Sometimes if a goose is looking very thin, you should worm it – Panacur can be the best for this.

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