Geese Questions

Discussion in 'Geese' started by pomnovice, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. pomnovice

    pomnovice Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it might be helpful for everyone to have a place to ask about geese and answer about them, no matter how silly the question may seem. I myself am learning more and more about them, but I'm willing to give any advice I can!
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @pomnovice your Poms in your Avatar are gorgeous.

    Welcome to BYC. Your right that is what the goose thread is here for but most people don't show up until their geese are starting up breeding and laying from one year to the next.
     
  3. pomnovice

    pomnovice Out Of The Brooder

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    I do know this, but thank you. I'm only here this early because I'm expecting this year's pom goslings quite soon.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    So your goose is brooding already or your incubating?
     
  5. pomnovice

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    I'll be getting a pair from another breeder this season. Unfortunately, it'll be my first time raising goslings by hand.
     
  6. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This sounds helpful!

    Okay so I hatched a little cross between pilgrim and Embden (It could be a purebred Embden, I don't keep track). When he was hatching we half expected him not to survive considering 2 eggs far before this lil' guy have died. One from getting stuck in it's shell and the second from reasons unknown to me. So now he's a healthy little floof but we still need to get him food. I'm not too worried about the food issue because he's only a day old as of now. But what should I feed him while I wait? I've crushed up some cracked corn for him, yes I know it has little to no protein in it but I figured it would hold him off. I had just recently gave him a small patch of grass. Though the grass is dried and dead seeming from the winter cold he likes it over the corn. Anything better I could give him that I could make? (He keeps eating my hair, he's a nerd -_-)
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I got 2 gosling a couple years ago and at 3 weeks old my pair of geese adopted them and they became a close flock. I got the goslings at 2 days old and just daily let the adults be around the babies at 3 weeks old I felt they were old enough to go out with them and it went great. Geese make wonderful parents.
     
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    The gosling sounds absolutely adorable! I've heard that geese can eat any number of leafy greens, excluding spinach. I've also heard cottage cheese, crushed Cheerio's, and crushed dog/ cat food may hold him off. The hair pulling is hopefully just a phase, most grow out of it!
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    You need to get some water fowl starter or chick starter. He needs to eat that not cracked corn for one thing feeding anything but starter can cause a blockage because they need grit to eat anything but starter. If you can't get Water fowl starter and only chick starter you'll need to pick up some Brewers yeast {health food store] and add 1 Tab per cup of feed so the lil gosling gets the right amount of niacin also while he is growing he'll need the Brewers yeast till at least 10 weeks old. Be sure not to feed him anything else until you have introduced grit to him start out with chick grit.

    Congrats on your lil gosling. He'll need to start eating after 24 hrs from hatching. Fresh water too.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-and-caring-for-goslings
     
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  10. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Thanks for the info, and yes I know cracked corn isn't necessarily a grower type of feed, but it's mostly just to hold off his hunger until we get the waterfowl starter tomorrow. Thanks for the help though! I'll definitely keep this in mind.
     

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