When they hatch will the goose keep them around the nest for a while or come back there at night for a while? She made the nest inside a big pen I have for the geese (I also have one other goose and a gander). I have in the past shut the three geese in the pen at night but lately have been leaving the door open all night. The other goose beds down very close to the broody goose at night; the gander has been keeping watch outside the pen.
Should I close mom and goslings in the pen for a time after they hatch (for safety), or just trust the three adults to take care of the babies? There are raccoons, possums, skunks, probably fox, perhaps minks or weasels in the area. There are also coyote but they've never gotten through the fencing into the pasture area to my knowledge. I don't worry much about the adults but should they get penned up at night or even during the day until the goslings are bigger?
I am obviously not looking to have the goslings imprint on me, but I would like them to be reasonably people-friendly or at least people-tolerant, and not completely wild. Does anyone have any suggestions for making them easier to work with/tamer?
Any other words of wisdom, tips, or tricks you may have to share about letting mama raise the goslings would be much appreciated. Thanks for any help!