Nesting behavior?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by DiYMama540, Jul 19, 2019.

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  1. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Songster

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    Lately my grey pom has been putting all sorts of non edibles in the pond. For example: mulch, pine needles, rocks, shells, mud...you get the picture. She/he doesnt seem to be eating it or even taste testing it...just adding it to the water like it's a giant pot of soup. Could this be its attempt at making a floating nest? Or just a boredom buster? Or possibly it just wants me to change the water in the pool even more often than I already do (every day...sometimes twice)
    Ducks are also in the pool with said goose playing with the debris... 1563550490534661781048517864873.jpg
     
  2. WilmaP

    WilmaP In the Brooder

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    Lately my Chinese brown gander is doing the same thing - weeds that he doesn't eat, rocks, etc. No idea why!
     
  3. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Songster

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    So strange...my best guess is possibly trying to make a nest of some sort, but yours being Male doesn't quite fit that theory....hopefully someone else will come along with some answers or theories
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    My two geese female and gander both add rocks sticks and anything they can put their mouths on while floating in the pool, in the pool. Now my female will gather twigs leaves an such around her feet during mating season. As for why the do this in the pool I have no idea.
     
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  5. katiebrock

    katiebrock Songster

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    :loveSilly birds I want a goose so bad but my husband would never allow it. Especially since we have several wild Canadian geese on the lake.
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Do they ever come for a visit? I love Canada geese most hate them. We use to get them down at the river below our home none have even flown over this year I miss them.
     
  7. The goose girl

    The goose girl Songster

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    Most of the geese I've had have enjoyed bringing "toys" to their pools and buckets of water. My one-year-old gander does it a lot, especially with smaller rocks. Once he pickpocketed a pen from one of my friends' pant pocket. He ran around in circles with it on the lawn, threw it, chewed it, dunked it in his bucket, and threw it out again. He was clearly having a blast playing with his stolen goods.
    My goose used to play with plastic children's clogs in her pond. She doesn't do it much anymore, but she is also a mature lady of six years. She still likes to bring sticks to her bath and chew them up into smaller pieces.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Of course being a mature lady it isn’t very dignified to play in ones bath. At least when someone’s watching ;)
     
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  9. DiYMama540

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    Love love my goose! Recently added a buddy for her, an Embden. The Embden is technically still supposed to be in quarantine, but broke out twice and beat me down each time I wrangled her back in. We are now calling her "great white" because she's got some jaws on her!! The third and final time she broke out of isolation, I didn't see it soon enough and when I realized it she was hanging around with the other birds by the big pool so I figured if there's damage to be done health wise it's too late now. :th
    All in all, it's been a fairly easy transition, I don't trust great white to put her in the coop and run for the night yet, but I haven't noticed any bad behavior towards the other birds...just humans! I'm pretty sure she's borderline feral because she has absolutely zero interest or tolerance for humans....saga continues...
     
  10. The goose girl

    The goose girl Songster

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    Here's my gander, Jensen, playing with a bottle cap he found:
     

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