Welcome to My Little Red Barn! Located in Raymond, Washington!
I am finally back on the farm and ready to get started growing "critters"
I will be starting with 10 African Grey goslings that I ordered from a hatchery in Missouri due to be delivered on May 16th. (I sure hope the PO gets a handle on their shipping dramas by then! I am going to be on pins & needles till they arrive safe!)
I had originally put in an order at my local feed store for 6 goslings and got a brooder set up & ready, but that fell through. Turns out to be just as well because I want specifically African Grays and they could not guaranty that is what would be coming in. I lucked out in finding a good hatchery that has what I want.
With the new order of 10 verses 6 AND after seeing all the wonderful photos on the "Here we go again" thread, the little guys are a bit bigger than I remembered and I think now that my current set up will be to small. I have an Ex-large Dog crate w/ removable cover. 36'L x 26'W x 26'H. I have window screen cut to fit the bottom, with duck taped edges. The plan was to put wood chips on top of that for the bedding. However I put this together about a week ago and I see the duck tape is not sticking very well to the screen so this might not be a good idea after all. I see that most of you are using towels, I might try that instead for the indoor brooder.
After posting these photos I know this will not be big enough. I do have two of these so maybe I can put 5 goslings in each one
I can buy an extra large box from U-Haul or something to keep them all together?
How long should they stay in the indoor brooder?
How active will they get during this time?
Once I move them to the barn (10x10 stall) should I still keep them confined in a smaller area with the heat lamp?
I humbly except any & all comments, suggestions or advice!