Help me find my geese!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Dukess.com, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Dukess.com

    Dukess.com New Egg

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    hey guys,

    i have (had) three geese two african geese and one canadian that i somehow adopted. my family and i were gone for about three days and when we got back two of the geese were gone. there were no feathers, not spot where something could have gotten in. we have a barnyard that has a 6 1/2 foot fence, and is buried down about a foot. we live on a few hundred acres, there is a pond about a 1/4 mile away they can go swim in during the summer, and two creeks that are mainly frozen over right now that are about 100 yards away at the nearest spot. we couldn't figure out what happened to them, or why they would leave, but tonight we got home from being gone for a day, and our last goose, one of the africans, is now gone. it was dark, but we looked and called her as best we could, but no sign of anything. we only let them out of the barnyard when we are around and they usually wander to the creek to swim or to our house to wait for treats. neither are more than 100 yards from their home. they had water that doesn't freeze and a little bit of food in their home that they share with two goats. the geese would get excited when we would come out in the morning and at night to say hi, and sometimes would fly a few feet off the ground, but nothing that would make us think they could fly over the fence. why would they leave? where would they go? it just doesn't seem like they would be able to go far, but we have looked everywhere and have seen no sign of them. we are so sad, but want to learn from our mistakes so this doesn't happen again and ar holding out for a miracle that they will waddle up to the house someday soon. eagles a possibility? they were about 10-12 pounds....i personally think they flew out, but any other ideas? thanks a bunch, we are a sad sad barnyard right now [​IMG]
     
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no!!!! Good luck finding them. I would be sad too. Wish I could help. Best of luck....
     
  3. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    two of my pekin ducks and one of my african geese dissapeared over the weekend too! its soo sad! [​IMG]
     
  4. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel for you, We lost quite a few geese and one of our chickens, but that was due to 2 legged predators. (Look where i live).

    Could the Africans fly long distances? The canadian I can understand flying away but the other 2 seems strange.

    I know its cold but keep looking and keep us informed

    TGP
     
  5. spud1035

    spud1035 Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't speak from experience since I never had geese but my chicks and ducks have always come home by evening. Can't think that farm raised geese would be any different. If they flew out into the fields it's likely that some type of predator got em. I couldn't tell by your post if they are able to make it over the fence. It might not be a bad idea to motion game camera to see what might be coming around at night. Winter tends to make predators a little more aggressive. Keep us infomed. thanks
     
  6. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

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    Sorry about your loss [​IMG]
     

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