Introducing ducklings to a broody goose

Discussion in 'Geese' started by mythkat, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all,

    My ducklings from Metzer are due next Wednesday. How would I introduce them to Rosie? I know chickens are catatonic when they sleep and you can slip them under the broody hen, but the geese are like the ducks, party all night. I have the brooder all ready if the introductions don't work out, but I'd really like her to raise them. She's been broody for four months and none of the eggs have hatched. Thanks, [​IMG]
     
  2. tbitt

    tbitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a good question....

    This is gong to be happening around here also.... We want the broody goose to take on the ducklings....[​IMG]
     
  3. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rosie is a 1 year old Toulouse goose. Any suggestions anyone?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would try introducing them to her in the evening. It will be important to monitor her after introduction to be sure that she does not regard them as "intruders." Success would be more guaranteed with an experienced mother, but all should go well. Many years ago I had a human imprinted gander. I purchased 6 goslings and set them up in an outdoor pen. Upon hearing them, Gus ran over set up guard, and the next day I set them free and he adopted them. Most geese are instinctively good parents. Monitor the introduction and all should go well. Good luck.
     
  5. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It all depends on the individual bird. Its not so cut and dry even if you follow a formula.
    I have a very motherly Muscovy duck and she knows when those babies aren't her's and will
    peck them and not accept them no matter how many times I try.
    They can be the same breed, age and size as her ducklings and she will single them out and
    chase them off. She can count too. If I take a couple ducklings from her to sell she looks for them.
    Good luck...hope it works out for you. [​IMG]
     
  6. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am prepared if she doesn't accept them. I just wanted to give it the best shot possible. [​IMG]
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Is tomorrow the day, or is it a week from tomorrow? Keep us updated on how things go.
     
  8. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, its tomorrow and you'd think I was sitting on the eggs waiting for them to hatch. lol I am so excited. Rosie has been sitting for over 4 months and I haven't taken the nest away in the hope that she will raise the ducklings. If not I guess I'll have to do it. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. [​IMG]
     
  9. mythkat

    mythkat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here are the first baby pics taken with my cell phone at work. As luck would have it Rosie decided Tuesday night that enough was enough and chucked the whole broody thing. When she was introduced to the babies she was very interested and talked softly to them for a little bit but left to graze with the others. I'll try introducing them again in the garden on Saturday. If she's not interested then I guess I'm a duck.

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