I promised an update on Quasimodo, the White Chinese gosling who hatched with some difficulty and some human assistance at the beginning of the month.
I shared this family photo as one of the 3 6 5 from my daily photo project. So some back story is in order.
The last group of goose eggs i Incubated included one that pipped and did not progress much further. Pipping is the inside puncture of the membrane into the air sack so the bird ca begin breathing, then pipping the shell begins the visible hatching process. The strength necessary to break an egg aids in the gosling’s development and survivability. Conventional wisdom is not to interfere with the hatching process.
But as the gosling failed to progress — part out of sympathy and part out of curiosity, I helped it along. The inner membrane was trying to the wings and neck.limiting the mobility of the soon to be hatched goose, so with care I separate the hard shell and waited to see how it fared.
The hatch results I also shared as part of the 3 6 5 here.
The gosling did well and survived the fist 24 hours, so I moved him to a plastic brooder with some additional heat, food and water. It was clear from the beginning he has some deformity. I dont know what a goose veternarian would call it, but its a cross between scoliosis and torticollis, the right “shoulder” is carried higher and more anterior than normal, and what results is a goose with a hunch back, so by day 4 or 5, I gave him the name “Quasimodo”, who after all, is the protagonist of the story, right? If I manually straighten his neck, he has full range of movement, but short of finding a gosling sized neck collar, or a resident goose physical therapist, Quasi is what he is.
There is a small duck house / three sided shelter int he duck and goose pen. There is a larger shelter there, too. Most of the nesting and egg laying is done in the larger shelter, so after spending a few weeks inside, I decided to move Quasimodo out with the adults to have some socialization and to slowly integrate him into the flock. I put him in the small shelter, with food and water and then closed the front with chicken wire so he could be near the others, but protected if they became aggressive or tried to push him out of the shelter.
All was good the first afternoon and over night. Quasi was eating and drinking fine, and mostly ignored by the other birds.
The morning of the second night, I came out to discover Quasi has left the little shelter and was quite comfortable next to FLOTUS in the straw in the big shelter. He either wriggled under the chicken wire, or POTUS and FLOTUS gave some help and wiggled the wire free.
Since then, its quite clear that both adult geese take their protection of Quasi quite seriously.
Enjoy the video below as POTUS defines limits for me. As they get close to the pen, Quasi bumps into the door and ends up on the wrong side, and gets a bit of help.