More questions about otters and geese - please please read!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by JaciesCoop, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Arizona
    Before you read my lastest questions please read the thread below so I don't bore anyone repeating myself.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=257306
    After you have read this I want to know how long I can keep my 2 penned up. They are in new pens. Predator proof. We keep them separate because in close quarters they do get into it with each other.
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    The pens are safe. Hardware cloth all around the bottom and it's cemented into the ground 6" We have 4 pens like this running along the back of the barn. 2 as extra runs for the chickens and the 2 for the geese.

    But how long can I keep them penned and

    what do you suggest for feed besides scratch since they will not be foraging?

    Thanks
    Jacie
     
  2. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Arizona
    I know your not supposed to bump a post but I really need some advice on feed. I'm getting a little panicky.

    I've tried layer feed and they just turn up their noses at that. We will turn them into the fencedgrassy back yard during the day but only for short times.

    Jacie
     
  3. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maryland
    We have indoor geese (until we get their pen up). We give them feed in the morning (not scratch - waterfowl feed or the lowest protein layer feed you can find, mixed with whole oats), as well as a giant pile of long grass for them to eat (as much as you can get), which is replenished periodically throughout the day. We also give them left over greens. We take them out and run them for 30 minutes a day (seriously, run them, get them going as fast as they can for as long as they'll participate - they need exercise), and let them graze about 2-4 hours a day. They get another huge pile of grass and some feed again before bed. If they won't eat the feed - they won't eat it. If they get hungry enough, they probably will. As long as you give them copious amounts of greens, they should be fine.

    Look on Cottage Rose's site for more info on goose care & feeding - http://cottage_rose_birdsnblossoms.webs.com/tipsonraisingwaterfowl.htm.
     

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