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Arizona Geese!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by ElizabethAz, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. ElizabethAz

    ElizabethAz Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! how many folks out there live in Arizona and keep Geese?
     
  2. kukupecpec

    kukupecpec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, hoppin thread!!

    I live in Tucson and would really like to get a couple geese. Where abouts do you live? Have you had a good experience keeping geese in this hot dry climate?
     
  3. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that people in dry, hot climates have a lot of shady areas for their geese, not so much as trees, but man-made things (if you have trees then that's a plus!), something like this, http://d1raws287cqq80.cloudfront.ne...cache/product_full/images/products/SM6047.jpg
    And have a lot of water sources around, maybe including a kiddie pool.

    If I remember correctly, there is someone from AZ that posted in this thread... https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/690124/drought-has-dried-up-all-my-grass-what-are-you-feeding - yes I know its a lot of pages to go through, and if I had the moment available, I'd track 'em down, but it might also offer you some good tips [​IMG]

    Geese are adaptable to any climate, provided that you give the appropriate shelter & nutritional needs. Good luck on your goose quest!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    AZhenhouse had geese but i haven't seen her post in quiet a while.
     
  5. ElizabethAz

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    Lol this thread really took off!

    I keep sebastapols, Chinese geese, and American buffs. Between the three, the Chinese are by far the best suited to desert life out here in the Az heat. They are not as heavy/fat as the Americans or , so they don't over heat as easily. All three enjoy a shady retreat during the heat of the day and a pool deep enough for them to swim and bathe in.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  7. RugenerGooser

    RugenerGooser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in Lordsburg, NM by the AZ border. We have orchards and a large pond we can fill with one of our wells. I am researching the use of haylage with waterfowl. I own donkeys and they use it in the UK and parts of the US in drought conditions. You moisten it, but only enough that they will eat because of molds, etc. I am trying to find some ways for Kuku to feed Princess Trina her greens.
     
  8. RugenerGooser

    RugenerGooser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Miss Lydia! How is precious Baby Sammie doing?

    J
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Still having a foot issue, I soaked him in Tricide-Neo this evening hoping this will help.[​IMG] Thanks for asking about him.
     
  10. ElizabethAz

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    I have used both bermuda and alfalfa to feed my geese. The ducks preferred the alfalfa over the bermuda because of the leaves, but they cant eat the stems like the geese can. You don't need to moisten the hay, just make sure that they have access to plenty of water. Another tasty treat they like is soaked/ sprouted corn or wheat, carrot tops, finely chopped summer squash, and occasionally tomatoes.
     

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