could a goose use these nest boxes and door?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sydney13, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    so i finished my coop and i have a gosling and my chicks living in it now [​IMG]
    i made the door on the small size because i was expecting to get a roman although a toulouse arrived instead [​IMG] so do you think my production toulouse will be ok with this door
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    and then these are the nest boxes so do you think my goose will be ok with flying into them and will she fit of?
    they are 16" by 18"
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  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I think geese like to nest on the ground and in a place where they can see what's going on. our old pair nested under the chicken coop. the whole back of it was open so they could watch everyone all the time, but it was dry and cozy for them and their nest. the gander also helped brood the eggs.
     
  3. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She probably won't use the nest boxes and will find herself a nice little corner to lay her eggs. Geese have a really big wing span and trying to fly into one of those would be complicated. (But she won't even know that she's being deprived of a nest box.. Mine love their corner nest.) And how big is that door? Seems to small or like a very tight fit for a toulouse. How big is she now compared to it?

    That's a really nice coop, though! It makes all of mine look like abandoned shacks. [​IMG]
     
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Quote:the door is 1 1/2 ft by 1 1/2 ft and she is the production toulouse type not the dewlap type
    if she wasn't able to fit through i could always carry her into the run every morning and back into the coop each night i guess [​IMG]
     
  5. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    i was just thinking that if the goose lays the eggs on the floor and it breaks do they ever start the habit of egg eating or is that only chickens?
     
  6. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My emden eats all the egg shells on the eggs that have been accidentily broken by the geese. She seems to be the only one that likes them.
     
  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:the door is 1 1/2 ft by 1 1/2 ft and she is the production toulouse type not the dewlap type
    if she wasn't able to fit through i could always carry her into the run every morning and back into the coop each night i guess [​IMG]

    I don't want to rain on your parade but I doubt that any goose will use your door or nest boxes. Muscovy ducks would love them however. geese don't like to duck to go through doors. I had to build my straw bale shelter two bales high before they would use it. once it was built each goose selected a corner for her nest and they would let the gander rest between them if he wasn't in the doghouse for something he did to upset them. geese are never going to jump or fly that high for a nest she might break her eggs if she tried...
     
  8. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, your chicken house is gorgeous, but none of my geese have ever gone through a small door. Doesn't mean yours won't. They seek shelter but want to be able to scan their environment. People shut their geese up all the time but I think they have to manually place the geese within [​IMG]

    I'd sure give it a try, she'll be safer in there for sure. As far as nesting, she'll want a spot on the floor with deep straw so she can bury her eggs when she's off the nest. It's just as likely she'll try to nest anywhere but in the chicken house and you'll have to move her nest a few times before she gets the picture. I gave up trying with my goose but I'm a weenie.
     

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