Keeping the grass fresh in the goose pen

April 27, 2011
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I love grass. It feeds the animals and keeps things nice & clean. The geese love it too, and will eat it down to the roots if they are on it long enough. The challenge is: How do you keep fresh grass around a nesting goose, without moving the nest? I do it by putting […]

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Goose Laying an Egg

March 15, 2011

Here is a sequence of photo’s I never expected to get.  I was building nests for my geese (hole+sand+straw+shelter) and I happened to have my camera along.  Good ol’ Splotchy was having contractions, so I snapped these as the egg came along.  This is my 6th spring with a flock of geese, and it’s the […]

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How to nest a goose

March 15, 2011

It’s spring (or nearly so), and that means nesting time.  Now that I’ve finally got the routine worked out for successfully nesting geese, I’ll share it with you. For those of you who just want to see how much I’ve learned from doing this the wrong way, you should skip to the list of mistakes […]

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The First Goose Egg of Spring

February 23, 2011
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Joel ran to find me yesterday morning because the first goose egg of the year had appeared. The first eggs this year came from a pair of American Lavender Ice geese.

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Geese mow my lawn

June 8, 2010

It has now been 7 weeks since my goslings hatched, and they are about half-way feathered out–about 3 lbs each. It’s been cold and rainy since they hatched, but their parents have done excellent work keeping them protected.

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Got thin eggshells?

June 8, 2010

In my experience, an egg with a thin shell is a problem that can be easily corrected. In order to put a shell on its egg, the chicken mainly uses calcium, phosphorus & vitamin D. If any one of these factors is missing, the bird will not be able to create a healthy shell.

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Goslings spotted today!

April 21, 2010

Three bright, neon-green goslings had climbed on top of their mom who was still sitting on the nest. It takes 31 days for goose eggs to hatch, and there they were.

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Techniques for natural nesting

April 5, 2010

I’ve had some experiences that might be helpful. You get to decide how it would apply to chickens, since I’ve worked mostly with geese & ducks over the past 5 years.

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