Goslings keep disappearing!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by DianneSweeney, May 18, 2012.

  1. DianneSweeney

    DianneSweeney Hatching

    May 18, 2012
    We have a large pond behind our home with a mama and papa goose. They recently hatched about 8 babies. They were so cute to see them floating across the pond. Looked like a cartoon. The sad problem is that as the days have passed the babies have slowly disappeared. We are now down to only 1 baby! We are wondering what is getting them. Could it be a snake, coyotes or what? Also is there anyway to protect them?

    Thank you!
  2. mondotomhead

    mondotomhead Songster

    Sep 22, 2011

    It could be a snapping turtle.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I agree snappers are the worst for getting ducklings and goslings and even taking pieces of feet off or completely off. I'd start looking for these snappers quickly.
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Here ducks and geese on open water will fall prey to turtle, coons, gators, cyotes, bob cats, dogs ect. Most waterfowl sleep on land at night. Only way to protect is to lock them in a safe house at night.
  5. DuckLover3

    DuckLover3 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    Marlborough, CT
    One way to catch Snappers: you can buy a big hook, attach it to a rope that you tie around a tree, and catch a fish. Keep the dead fish in the sun for a few days until it gets really stinky and rotten, and then put it on the hook. Wait a few days, and come back. Normally there will be a big dead snapper on the end of the hook when you come to check it.
  6. DuckLover3

    DuckLover3 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    Marlborough, CT
    Of course, if you don't want to kill them, only relocate them, I'm sure there are other ways, but I think this is the easiest if you don't mind killing snappers.
  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I don't know where you live, so it might not be a snapping turtle. We don't have them where I live. But, we do lose a lot of wild ducklings (and goslings where they do hatch) each year. There are so many things that can happen to them. For one, they can simply die from not being warm enough, not resting enough or not eating enough, especially in the first week. Also, herons, coons, coyotes, foxes, weasels, badgers, stray dogs, stray cats, eagles, hawks, large fish, and even rodents can eat baby waterfowl. It can just about be anything. If they're wild, there's not a whole lot you can do about it except discourage predators. If they're domestic, perhaps you can make a safe place to stay at night.

    It's actually pretty normal for waterfowl to hatch out a large number of chicks and only end up raising one or two depending on the parenting style of the mother. Exceptional mothers may raise more, poor mothers may raise less or none.

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