A sad story, with a happy ending! (Photos of our new goslings!)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 4H kids and mom, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Ok, first I have to tell you how it came about that I have aquired these new lovies. Their story is really a sad one. I'll start at the beginning.

    Early last week, I had gotten in contact with Barb S. from here about the pair of Embdens that needed a home. She drove all the way down here and together we rode out to get them. She fell in love (as did her DH!) and I fell in envy. My DH had told me I could not get them. But, he came out to see the noise makers while we were loading them back up (I'd helped her clip their wings, just in case) and he was upset with himself that he had told me no. So....he told me if I came across anymore...I could get them! So I was just going to keep my ears open and wait. I didnt have to wait very long!

    The next day, the gentlemen that had given the pair of Embdens to Barb called me. He told me that he knew of someone that was 'selling out' all their critters, and that they had baby ducks, geese, turkeys...you name it. So he gave me the number and I called to get the scoop.

    The guy 'sounded' alright. He named off several of the breeds of geese and ducks he had, told me about some of the chickens and chicks he had too, and his prices seemed quite fair. I knew that Barb was also looking for goslings, so I called her and she wanted to come right down! So we set it all up for a Tuesday adventure.

    So, she (again) drives the 3+ hours to my home from hers, we pack up our combined children (I had my own and 3 day care kids, and she had her son) and head out. I had told the kids we were going to a "big" farm and they were all excited. Little did we know this "big" farm was to be a "huge" disappointment. [​IMG]

    It was like a farm animal puppy mill. There were rows and rows of tiny pens (think 10x10 dog kennel) CRAMMED with creatures. One pen had maybe 30 or more guineas. No shelter, no grass, no food. Another pen had over 100 chickens with a TINY coop and small attached pen. Again, no grass, and no visible food. Another pen housed several adult geese. No shelter, no grass, no food, no water to dunk in. And on and on it went.

    I could read the discust on Barbs face, as my blood boiled. These huge majestic geese were locked 3 or 4 to a tiny pen, with no escape from each other leaving them looking like sorry excuses for the creatures they should have been. They were battered, scraped, missing feathers, filthy...with peeling bills and transperant feet. I was mad. :mad:

    The baby ducks and geese were housed in a nasty "barn" that used to be a house. It was now filthy and crawling with mice. The "pen" that held the baby geese was maybe 3x3 and about a foot tall. There again, was no visible food only a coffee can about 1/4 full of icky water. My heart sank because I wanted to take home all these sorry looking babies, but sadly I could not. (He somewhat upped his asking prices on a few of them, and I'd only brought a certain amount, and we had a small pen to transport them home in and I didnt want to overcrowd them.) So, I picked out 2 of the "older" goslings (a Roman Tufted and a Buff/African cross) and 2 of the "younger" goslings (a White Chinese and an African). Barb picked out 1 adult Buff gander that so needed her to take him home, and we left.

    We let "Gus" (thats what Barb named the Buff gander) down in my yard when we got back to my place, and he practically DOVE into the tiny wading pool I have set up for the ducks until we get the pond done this weekend. She headed home shortly after and I compared the goslings to my ducklings. My heart really sank.

    My ducklings are chubby, with clear bright eyes, nice orange bills and legs and are right where they should be in growth for 4 week old Pekins. The goslings were scrawny in comparison, with peeling bills lacking all color, no color in their feet and legs, and flaking skin from dryness. The White Chinese baby is supposedly 1 week older than my 4 week old Pekin ducks and is about HALF their size. :mad: I did check them for parasites or fleas and thankfully found none, so I let them go meet the ducks. They all took to each other immediately.

    They knew nothing about water, and ould not figure out the pool for the longest time. Finally one of my ducks actually 'taught' them how to get in and out by getting out and then climbing in, over and over until they finally got it. Now they are in it all the time! I had to monitor how much they drank over the first day, but now they are much better. They are currently living the high life ranging the yard all day for grass, clover, bugs, and whatever else they find and swiming in their little pool. Today I even saw them all playing in the sprinkler I set up for the grass! They dont have names yet, although my daughter is thinking of calling the Buff one "Buffy" if its a girl. [​IMG]

    So....without further adu...here they are. And keep in mind these are to be their BEFORE photos. I will post again in a couple weeks so we can compare, and see if I cant do right by these beauties.

    (Pictured from left to right are the Roman Tufted, then one of my Pekins, then behind the Pekin is the little White Chinese, then the big Buff/African cross in front, and the little African in the back with two more of my Pekins on the side.)

    They explored every inch of my yard....

    The Roman Tufted tells the world how happy it is now...

    Notice the lack of bill color in the Tufted (on the right) compared to my Pekins... Poor dears...

    The Tufted and African nuzzle each other...

    And this was one of my favorites I shot today. I made me think of my ducks telling them "And this is the corn field but we cant go in there. Now lets go for a swim!"
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2007
  2. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    I just wanted to add also that he has MANY more animals that need some saving. Anyone in Wisconsin or Illinois....got room for something? He has pygmy goats ($40/each), adult geese and breeding pairs or trios ($20-$50), adult ducks (Cayugas, Call ducks, Fawn Runners, Buff Runners, Rouens, Pekins, etc) for $5/each, baby ducks for $3-$5/each, baby geese for $5-$10/each all ages and sizes and breeds, turkeys, guineas (aduls and babies), chickens (standards and TONS of banties) some breeds were Ameraucana banties (very cute and in good shape. Purebred for sure good stature and colors) Silver Seabrights, and more. He needs some help and if we can just all go out and rescue and animal or two...maybe we can save more than the 4 goslings I got and the 1 adult gander that Barb got.

    Do any of you around here have just a little bit more room?
  3. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I wish.

    Gosh it is heartbreaking to read that. I'm so glad they have a home with you now.
    Wonderful pictures and I got choked up reading how the little guys taught them how to go for a swim! Too sweet.

    They all look so happy! Congratulations.

    Hope all those creatures at that 'farm' find a home and/or someone closes that 'mill'.
  4. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    It broke my heart to watch them the first day (yesterday) because they didnt know about grass, or bugs, or water. They just followed my ducks everywhere. I had tossed out nummy treats that my duckies dove after but the geese just stood there like "What are we supposed to do?" [​IMG]

    Today they were 80% better. I saw them eating grass and pulling weeds, swimming in the little pool with the ducks, the Buff even chased some bugs! They are very submissive and skittish and we are leaving them alone for a few days whie they adjust. I try to think of it like being locked in a dark room with very little or no food, yucky water, and only your siblings to snuggle with for most of your life, and then suddenly you are moved to a place where you are out in the bright sun, with fun things to do, new friends to play with, great food, fresh water, and a big dry safe place to sleep. I would bet I would be a little overwhelmed if it were me! But they seem happy and even somewhat playful today. I am happy I was able to save at least the babies I could. Maybe they wont remember their crappy beginning to life.
  5. Barb Schuetz

    Barb Schuetz Songster

    May 24, 2007
    Viroqua, WI
    Well done! It was pretty upsetting. I couldn't even begin to explain how bad it was when my mom asked about Gus. I hope more ppl have homes for those poor creatures.[​IMG]
  6. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Awww. Poor sad GusGus. [​IMG] He will be so pretty in a few weeks after living with you. [​IMG] Oh....did they ever venture outside of their enclosure? (Inquiring minds want to know! lol)
  7. Jsto

    Jsto Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    Giant [​IMG] to the both of you for saving as many as you could. There is nothing more sad than a mistreated animal who has been so wronged that it cannot even recognize the good things, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing that same animal flourish and live in health and happiness. I can't wait to see the after pictures. I can't explain how heartbreaking and heartwarming the entire situation is. It's beautiful that these animals will get a 'new lease on life.'
  8. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Awww.....that is just so sad!! I wish I lived closer!! I would definitely take some home with me!!

    You guys are awsome for taking in those babies!! Well done!
  9. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Congradulations 4H Mom Thats great you were able to help even a few You too Barb. But don't you have an animal control in your area. Here in Florida we have a special division of the police to protect animals. When I lived down south I found a guy running a farm Mill and called them to come check him out He was arrested and his animals taken away. Most of his animals wer adopted out but some had to be put done. We rescued a Jack Russel puppy that was sitting in a cage with its dead mother. He was so bad that he didn't even remove the carcasses when his animals died. Thankfully he was shut down People like this man shoudl not be allowed to profit from the animals abuse. Just my two cents Micki
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh how I wish I was closer. I would take my truck in there and just load it all up. Those poor creatures. I would definately take all the little goats. We have 3 acres of weeds and woods...they would be livin the large life here. 4H, Barb...cudos to you both. I sure hope someone gets there and takes them all before the summer heat kills them off.

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