I got a new female embden to join the driveway firm.
a friend of mine did a several hundred mile round trip to pick up a new female of about the same age that was kept in fairly similar conditions to my babies.
upon arrival I took the cage from the car and placed it on the floor. my babies came over and took a look to see what it was. no-one seemed particularly upset, rather my babies were trying to chew the travel cage. so I tentatively opened the cage door.
I need not have been worried, she waddled out and joined the gang instantly, as if she had always been part of the group.
there was no fighting or distress from any of them, they checked each other out like they were welcoming an old buddy, then they all took off into the field to munch on some grass.
Constance (the name of the new goose) is a little more hesitant with our family at the moment, but she is getting there.
I often lay on the ground and my goosey buddies come over and give me a little grooming in exchange for some hugs and a rub of their bellies. she seemed a little unsure to start but soon got into the swing of things after a couple of days and now lets me stroke her back and belly. her neck is off limits at the moment, but like everything new, it just takes time and a little two way trust. if she gets too close to my face then "the boys" give her a little nudge or a gentle nibble to remind her of her manners, there is nothing vicious or vindictive in it, seems they are just letting her know with a gentle coaxing that she cannot get "that" close yet (even though they happily eat my hair and nibble at my ears if they can get away with it).
anyhoo, here is a few pics of the gang. Constance is the one at the back (except for the final picture, she is the one on the left). she has a slightly deeper orange colour to her beak. her "voice hasn't deepened quite yet, nor has she developed the hanging undercarriage that my babies have, although she is around the same size as Ronnie (my other female), has a few dark feathers in the tail and one on her back and has developed her blue eyes to a similar shade to that of the others.
I got her on Monday, so it's been a couple of days since she arrived.
Edited by capper2013 - 7/29/15 at 8:55pm