Feeding Geese hay?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Frogdogtimestwo, May 29, 2010.

  1. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I live in a grass sparse area, I was wondering when my goslings are old enough if I can throw a flake of alfalfa in the pen with them or would that be too much protein? If not would Bermuda work (not as moist and tasty so I am not sure they would eat) What would be a good age to do this if it is fine to do? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. jojo@rolling acres farm

    [email protected] acres farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Nebraska
    I tried that last winter and I also tried the little hay cubes you feed cattle - I soaked the cubes to soften them up...they didn't go for either gormet offering - [​IMG]! You can try it and see if yours like it any better than mine did.
     
  3. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I guess I will have to try, I was hoping they would.
     
  4. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use alfalfa for bedding. They do nibble a little but not enough for me to think of it as food for them. Alot of grass pasture is just as high in protein as dry baled alfalfa. I had geese before where there is no grass. They did fine with just duck food and what ever scrap greens I had on hand. I didn't go out and buy anything special.
     
  5. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dry fibrous strands of hay could ball up and cause an obstruction in their bellies, not that they'll eat much of it anyway. I gave mine a few flakes of alfalfa over the winter and they seemed to enjoy it some, but most of it went to waste. I tried to grind alfalfa pellets and sprinkle it dry on their feed, and I think they ate some in spite of themselves. They detested alfalfa pellets wetted down and soft. Where I live there's grass all year round, though it's not particularly fresh or tasty for a few months. Mine mostly subsisted on scratch grains, bits of grass and roots and on sale greens from the store.
     
  6. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    I think what I will do is get a fridge for the garage because Costco has such cheap lettuce greens in huge bags but I never have the room for them in our house fridge. That may be my best solution. Thanks for the answers!
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I freeze excess garden output for my ducks. They love shredded zucchini. In the winter I take a bag and put it in some warm water to thaw. Great breakfast on a cold day. I also take the slightly "off" stuff and bag that too. Bok choy leaves that have slug or hail damage, kale thinings, radish tops, etc... and bag that up. I have to write DUCK FOOD in big letters on the bag so hubby doesn't grab it by accident [​IMG]

    Would geese eat stuff like that too?
     
  8. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Quote:I am not sure this is my first time raising geese and I think I am being a "mother hen" about getting it right. I feel a little guilty that they do not have lush grass to eat so I am trying to come up with an alternative from everyone who has geese!
    They love the spinach I have been giving them.
     
  9. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    You can feed them chicken food.

    Mine get layer pellets (they are all female) and they forage for grass.
     
  10. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    Quote:I am not sure this is my first time raising geese and I think I am being a "mother hen" about getting it right. I feel a little guilty that they do not have lush grass to eat so I am trying to come up with an alternative from everyone who has geese!
    They love the spinach I have been giving them.

    Go easy on spinach, people on this post have told me that it causes calcium dificiency in geese.... stick with other greens.jennifer
     

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