one of our five goslings is looking and acting strange for the last week or so. Here are the symptoms, I hope someone can give me an idea of what could be the cause and how I can help the little fellow (there are no waterfowl veterinarians in our part of coutry, so I really depent on your help):
- the lower part of its neck (from beak towards its tummy, approximately 3-4 cm long) is red and it has no down (feathers) there, just what seems to be an inflamed skin
- the gosling is noticeably smaller than the other four
- it is also much less active, seems to be unsure on its legs, eats less
- it is overly calm and lacks the energy the others are showing
- it seems really weak
The little fellow tries to keep up with his family (they are pretty active all day long), but takes every oportunity he can to rest. For the last couple of days I see him having more and more trouble keeping up. The father keeps calling to him because he's slow and always stays behind. He's also visibly diminishing. It's frustrating and sad to see him not be able to be with his family the way he is supposed to.
If anyone has an idea of what I'm looking at, I'd be forever grateful for your ideas and opinions.