Goose Entries: Terebinth
Terebinth was the only goose to hatch in Batch #022. She hatched near to Thanksgiving on November 27, 2020. She was unfortunately a deformed gosling. She has scissor beak and a missing eye. Because of her messed up beak I had to powder her food as a gosling so that she could eat it. I expected her to not pull through as a gosling because of her deformities but she did. As she grew I would occasionally find her on her back and she couldn't get back up onto her feet. I would pick her up and put her back on her feet again. At one point she had a gosling with her that was younger than her and was her brother. He was later sold so that Terebinth was left with only me. Terebinth was incredibly sweet as a gosling.
She eventually got to a point where she was falling over onto her back more frequently. One day, I kept finding her on her back and kept putting her back up on her feet but it was to no avail. She just couldn't stand up. After that, she wasn't brought outside. She was set up in the garage in her pen where I tried all kinds of stuff to get her standing. Eventually, I decided I would just stand her up and feed and water her and then set her up in her blankets on the sofa.
I at last decided that there was no hope for her when she started choking on her food and water. I thought that was it. I put her in a basket and brought her around with me and kept her upstairs at night nearby me.
I really thought that was it.
But she had the will to keep going.
Terebinth started standing up in her basket. I was amazed by this because even before her dilemma she could never manage to right herself on her own. So, I started feeding her and watering her. I couldn't give up on her if she didn't want to give up. She wasn't having trouble eating or drinking. I tested her to see if she could stand on her own which she just hadn't been able to do not long before she started choking on her food and water. She could! She eventually did fall over but it was so much longer than I could have ever hoped for!
So, I put her back in her pen and set her up and would test her to see if she could stand on her own. She continued getting better and better about standing on her own! I was so happy to see this. It was so amazing. It seemed so miraculous. I don't know how she could possibly recover.
Eventually, she was walking like she had been! She would occasionally fall onto her back and at one point it became rather frequent again but she never fell into the same issue she had been in!
Now, she never falls over onto her back.
I think her story is truly one of the most amazing stories ever. It becomes even better! Terebinth got to a point where she was paranoid but I had the perfect thing to get her back to trusting me! Goslings! She absolutely adores goslings! Her mother is Gingko who is gosling obsessed herself. The two have hung out together on gosling duty but they unfortunately don't get along.
She is currently the nanny goose of Filbert who has become so close to her that I think they are more like friends than mother and son now. Filbert loves her so much. If I take him for a walk all he wants is to get back to Terebinth. And Terebinth, of course, loves him too! Terebinth is also raising two white goslings, Hawthorn and Sycamore. Filbert was the first to warm up to them but now Terebinth protects them seriously.
I'm glad to have helped her although it was a stressful time that felt like it had been for months even though it was at most over a week!
I love you, Terebinth!
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my name is Emily
I have twenty-eight geese. I hatch a bunch of goslings because I want a lot of people to have geese. I do not see them everywhere but I want to! The goslings are the sweetest baby birds I know! The adult males are proud and can be cranky but have their sweet moments while the females are shy and sweet all at the same time.