Marks on goose's beak
Last year, I got some excellent advice in this forum about my (now) 21 yr old goose, what to feed him, etc.
This time, the problem is that I've noticed some dark marks on his beak. One of them is a gash line and the other two look more like bruises. All are small. When I hold his beak and touch the marks, he doesn't seem to feel any pain (he's just not wild about me holding his beak!).
I wonder if the marks are from an animal lashing out at him when he tries to eat his food when the other animal is in his food bin. When I went out last night to bring him in (when we have freezing temps, I put him in the bathtub for the night), something was in his food bin and scurried away when I came near it. I couldn't see what it was.
So... here are my questions --
-- Do I need to take my goose to the vet to get antibiotics or something? I'm concerned that, if these are indeed scratches, he might get rabies or some other disease from this other animal. On the other hand, I noticed one scratch about a week ago and last night he had 2 additional ones... and he doesn't seem to be any different, healthwise. Seems like if he was affected by this, he would show signs of sickness.
-- Right now, his food is in an open bin that's tucked in a cutout in the shed wall. Is there something else I can get for his food that will keep other animals out? I found something at a feed store that requires the eater to push the door open while eating. I think it was designed for dogs. This isn't something I think the goose would adapt to. Whatever I get needs to be weather-protected either by being placed in the shed wall cutout or have a weather protection built in.
So... any advice you can give me would be very welcome! Thanks in advance.