Feeding my "garaged geese"-amounts?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by mominoz, May 12, 2009.

  1. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Tufted buffs are growing like ,well-geese![​IMG] while we are frantically building a aviary(that has taken on a life of it's own)[​IMG]
    They were hatched 4/30 and (though I had geese years ago, there wasn't the info on feeding beyond grain and grass ) They live in the Garage now in a pen, and I take them outside to graze in the dog yard for couple hours a day if it's not RAINING! (only fully fenced area and the dogs get locked indoors during the grazing periods and have to drool thru the windows, [​IMG]--
    I feed flock raiser crumbles with grit and brewers yeast (a bit), 2X a day about 3-3 1/2 cups. (I do find some under the shavings and a muddy layer in the water jug when I clean it 2x daily.
    They don't feel too skinny and I don't think too fat .(I carry them daily to the dog yard)--but the goose book says only feed once a day for 5 minutes.
    They usually clean up the feed fairly quick, although occasionally there is a bit left over for a while.
    Is this Ok, I don't want to cause angel wing or something. They are probably 2/3 to 3/4 feathered now, wing feathers are about 2" long roughly.
    I feed less or they eat less on 'grazing " days (I also handpull grass on stormy days they can't go out and it has been storming for 3 weeks almost daily!)
     
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:Take another look at your "goose book" Once per day is OK for adults but doesn't sound right for fast growing goslings. You know how fast they are growing if you carry them to graze! Unlimited feeding of high protein feed might not be best while their feathers are growing in because of the angel wing problem but remember they need enough protein to build the muscles to support those wings too.
     
  3. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I switched them from the orginal Flock starter, to Flock grower at about 3-4 weeks. (I get it at Tractor supply) says it is for chicks, ducks,geese, turkeys --it is 15-16% protein. ) I just started adding a handful of alfalpha pellets, which I keep on hand for my horses, they are around 16-18% protein-because I want them to eventually get off the crumbles. I think I am going to mix my own feed because all they have around here are scratch grains and chicken layer.
     

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