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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:18 pm 
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Hi,

How common is blindness in geese?

My beautiful Chinese gander appears to be blind in one eye. He hasn't been injured, so what might cause this? Do geese get cataracts?

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Cataracts can occur in any animal , but normally with old age .
Is this bird able to completely dunk his head under water with the container you have for water ? If it can get to a dam or large water source then this is not the problem . All water fowl have second eyelid that goes from side to side (not up and down ) they close this when head and eye is under water . This second eyelid may be damaged and this is common from fighting during breeding season . Do you have other ganders?


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Hi, my lady goose is going blind in (both eyes). I have had her for about 8yrs or so. I had to get another girl put down 4 yrs or so ago. I don't know how old this girl is but she is sitting and I think the eggs are no good. I was wondering if it is common too. She was an adult when I got her.

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 Post subject: Re blindness in geese
PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:35 pm 
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Thanks for your reply Martin.
I didn't know about the two eyelids in geese.
There are 7 other ganders, and yes they do fight, and how!
My partner insists he can see what looks like a cloud over the iris of the eye, I haven't been able to see that.
The gander can dunk his head under water, and he's capable of finding his way to water.
I don't know how old this gander is, I bought him last year, along with 4 others.
His partner laid a lot of eggs , but none of them hatched, perhaps this might be an indicator of his aging process?
I thought that he might have lost condition, and that was why he had the sight problem, he stays alongside his partner the whole time she's sitting, he never leaves her. So no grass was eaten by him for over a month, he was given plenty of grain to eat. Is this sort of behavior normal?
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