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Discussion in 'Geese' started by jynxster, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. I got a new cotton patch female is now about 2 weeks old. Growing like a weed, eating grass weeds and unmedicated chick starter. She is SOOO Imprinted on me. At this time she is living in a large plastic storage bin in the living room. She really has me wrapped around her little finger? or flat foot LOL. So a while back I ordered 3 toulouse and they arrived two days ago. they were two days old. So now about 4 days old. When i originally put them together they were fine but after a few minutes the cotton patch started nipping at the new little ones. I want them to all grow up together but at this time cannot put them together. Sad, I think the little cotton patch has decided she prefers me over her own kind. What to do. She is twice as big at this point, as the new little toulouse, so I dont want anyone to get hurt. How do I introduce everybody to get along? maybe a pen seperated by wife and less of me holding and nurturing the cotton patch. I chose these two types be cause they are both known for docile nature. They will all have to live together eventually and very soon. Any ideas?

  2. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    I am running into a similar problem with my gosling. She attacked some of my young chicks yesterday! Hissing and pulling out feathers, the whole nine yards! I was shocked to see such a young gosling being so aggressive (though she is a Chinese).

    If your girl is just nipping, that is normal baby goose behavior. They nip everything, including each other. I'd let the Toulouse catch up to her in size a bit, and do daily "playdates" (supervised) and I bet they will be getting along in no time.
  3. [​IMG][​IMG]thanks for the kind words of support. Today i put all in a big round galvanized sttel tub, is about 4 feet accross. It is also about two feet deep. I cut the entire bottom out so when it now sits in teh yard, they have a nice grass floor to eat. I put sugar water and some feed as well in there with teh heat lamp. I watched them for over 2 hrs, the bigger cottom patch nips a bit, but the little ones are trying to huddle with her, I think they think this is the mother. SO, as time today has passed i see only little nips nothing too major. Hopefully everyone can now live together in harmony. It is cold and rainly today so the tub has the 200 watt heat bulb in there high enough no one can reach, covered with 1/4 in wire, then galvanized corrogated roofing with a big plastic tarp over all of it to hold out the rain. I did make it so all the roof tips one way so rain can run off and there is air able to get in under it all as well. I keep going out there in the rain and sneaking peaks to see that everyone is copesetic. So far so good. Alos have a thermometer in there hanging checking the temperature, nothing below 78 or so. Tonight maybe tow heat lamps or back in the house in teh rubbermaid storage bin. Love my babies such a blessing for me at a time when I really needed it. Thanks for your response. I did take pics yesteday, let me see if I can load any on here.[​IMG]
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member


    yesterday was a success and they all were in the house in my large plastic storage tub with heat lamp overnight; we had a very unusual hail storm all last night and got down to 39 degrees. So again for me; on and off sleep as i kept waking up and couldnt resist to go sneak peaks at by beautiful little babies; ya know they have so much to talk about amongst each other at 2a.m., the 430a.m and again at 615a.m. just staying up all night getting to know each other I suppose girl talk. Probably the one litle boy is just getting to know the siblings....funny he does seem to be the quietest. LOL
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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