My female chinese goose has suddenly starting running crazy all over my yard. She is in odd places....kind of hiding ...?? then she runs amok and then "hides" again.
4 weeks ago, she was very broody and we gave her a gosling which she readily adopted and has been a stellar mother all this time. Suddenly, today, she is running and it seems like she is running from the baby, but, of course, the baby follows her anyway so I can't say she really IS running from baby. But, it is worrying me because this cannot be good for baby. Just before I came in the house from taking care of animals and yard, she ran around my shed, onto my porch (it's fenced and the only way she can get on the porch is if she goes around the shed and she has very, very rarely done that; it's not a normal pathway of hers) then up the stairs to my house, like she was chasing me (but she wasn't) and then launched off the door step onto the ground, baby doing the same thing. It's a high doorstep, 2-3 steps up. I do not like the baby jumping off it. I don't even like the mother jumping off it.
There is nothing in my yard, like a dog or hawks above. I cannot think what has spooked her. It is possible that a dog came up to the chain link but I was not aware of it and I am pretty tuned in to what goes on out there.
What could cause this behavior? Has she figured out the baby is not hers?? That doesn't seem likely after 4 weeks of nurturing, does it?
I have never seen her do this before.
What the heck?
Thanks for any help or solutions.
We have a truce-like relationship; she tolerates me but doesn't love me by any means haha. I only trust her so far. She will attack me from time to time although it's rare.