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Geese eating dirt . . .

Discussion in 'Geese' started by larkflying, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Yesterday, I caught all my 10 week old geese around a fresh mole hill, gobbling down the dirt as fast as they could. Now, I don't care about the mole, but I was wondering if this was just geese nibbling on anything possible, or geese short of some vital mineral, or just geese trying to find more stones for their digestion . . . Or possibly I have a rare breed of mole hunting geese . . .
     
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would go with 'Mole hunting geese' for sure, lol. Our young ones do the same thing. They like dirt I guess.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think its pretty normal. I've seen my chickens eat dirt, too. Probably just a way to get minerals and grit.
     
  4. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My geese do it too. So now you know you got normal geese, or we all have abnormal geese. Either way, it's okay. [​IMG]
     
  5. I will tell my geese that they are just normal . . . no applications for mole hunting will be accepted! [​IMG]
     
  6. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My geese have access to a fresh water clear swimming pool and to a muddy pond. The first thing they do in the morning is climb into the muddy pond and start eating mud. I read somewhere that they filter thing out of it like a whale scooping up big mouthfuls of water and then seining it out. I'm glad to know other's geese eat mud and dirt too!
     
  7. Yetti

    Yetti Chillin' With My Peeps

    since I have ducks and geese both I see the differences in how they act, but the geese do some things the same as ducks. my ducks love mud. I flip the kiddie pools over in the mornings and dump the water in the low spots in the yard. the ducks run to it to make mud and dig holes. I have been seeing the geese do this more and more. once in a while they just dig right in and come up with a mouth full. kinda funny to watch. the ducks back wash their filter teeth and they muddy up the pools fast. I haven't seen the geese do that yet.
     
  8. n4zty

    n4zty Out Of The Brooder

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    i agree if u check their pool or wherever they drink water they usually backwash the dirt/mud back into the water i just cleaned the pool this morning and what a huge hassle that was. anyways after i drained all the water there was atleast 3-4 lbs of mud sitting on the bottom i had to rinse it with a hose to get all of it.so that kinda of confirms they dont really eat dirt or mud more or less backwash it for whatever reason.
     
  9. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wait till they eat wood.

    Or ashes.

    Or paper.

    Or.......

    lol
     

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