We've been waiting to get some goslings for a little while. They seem to make good guard dogs and lawn mowers. I didn't do any preparatory research because I was told that they were easy to look after and thought that I would have some forewarning of their arrival.
It didn't turn out that way. This morning, my wife took off on her Honda Wave without a word and came back with two goslings. She says they are goslings but I don't know. They are yellow with duck beaks and webbed feet. The problem I'm left with now that Mrs. TT has gone off to the market to buy food for the restaurant is that these things look very young. Too young to be left to wander about on their own.
I'm told that they hatched two weeks ago and that the gander has been taking care of them. The owner allows his flock to free range and that is what we intend for these two. They are now in a big bird cage under the rear verandah roof with grass, water and bedding while I work out what to do.
I suppose that they need to be confined until they regard our place as home. Our land is walled and fenced and the bantams never wander. On the other hand, the goslings have no adult to protect and teach them now. We have water but I shall need to make a ladder for them. I hope that the catfish don't bite.
There's plenty of grazing for them once they can be let out.
Any advice on what to do and how to feed them in the cage would be very welcome, please.