Originally Posted by kateseidel
I have chickens. In fact, I have six more chicks arriving April 9. Today a friend dropped by to ask if I wanted two Toulouse geese when they hatched (sometime in the next two weeks). OMG OMG OMG. Yes, of course I want them - I love geese, I think. But I need some direction and am hoping there is a good resource you can point me to.
> Congrats on your fortune. I love geese.
I don't think I can put them in with my chicks - they need open water and my chicks would drown.
> No, they don't need open water. They can be with your chicks for a week or so, but they double in size daily, or so it seems. The chick waterer will do, but ya gotta change it several times a day. Waterfowl are VERY messy
What's appropriate for geese?
How old do they need to be to go outside?
> They can go outside at about 5-6 weeks, if you can stand them that long. Waterfowl are extremely messy.
Do they need housing or can they just roam my 7 acres?
> They can roam your acerage, if you are sure of their security from predators.
How do I keep a wading pool clean for them?
> That's a neat trick. Probably need refreshing daily.
Will they fly over my 4 foot perimeter fence?
> No, they won't fly.
Are they going to get along with my dogs, sheep, chickens, cats and horses?
> If they are raised with them, all is well.
Do they eat chicken feed?
> About 85% of a gooses diet is greens. They will need some grains, but they are quite ecconomical, in spite of their size.
There has to be a primer somewhere, right???
> Strombergs has a waterfowl book. haven't seen mine in a long time, but it's a good one.
I love my geese and hope to never live where I can't have them. You will love them, too.........Pop