Pilgrim Gander?

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  1. Pilze

    Pilze Out Of The Brooder

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    It has bright blue eyes and a patch of grey on its rump. It was dumped on a pond with another gray goose and a couple dozen drakes. I'm still trying to catch the other goose.
     
  2. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a beautiful bird. Looks like a pilgrim gander, yes, as it doesn´t seem as big as some other breeds, and it´s quite compact. Even moreso that he was with a grey one, which is quite likely his gal. Does she have a little white on her face? If they´re a true pair they´ll both be very stressed at being apart. Fancy someone dumping them! How good of you to rescue them, but if they´re anything like mine, they´ll reward you a hundred times over. [​IMG] Could you fix up some trap by using him inside the pet-carrier and fixing up a temporary fence giving plenty of space almost all the way around the carrier so that when she enters to get to him, you can just close the fence and pick her up? I hope you´re successful, whichever way you do it...
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I did this to catch a rooster some one dumped at our church, I put my white brahma hen in a dog crate then set her inside a dog Xpen and left the one end open, well he walked right in and I walked right in behind him and picked him up. worked like a charm. Hope you can get her. [​IMG]
     
  4. Pilze

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    He is already friendly, I mean, he practically crawled into my arms at the pond. Now he's home and he let me pet him twice. He took to Flockraiser fairly quickly. I started four trays of fodder for him, the ducks and the chickens.
    I did consider using him as a decoy inside of a fence. Any other suggestions are welcome. I got her to eat from hand once, but shes still skittish. I hope to get them before the pond freezes up.
     
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    Be sure to put the one you have inside a large dog crate, if you don't have one maybe someone you know will let you borrow theirs, this way if the goose your trying to catch panics you won't lose both of them over the fence and have to start over. Hearing someone has dumped these animals is just so heart breaking. I hope you can get her soon. [​IMG] and bless you for taking them in.
     
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    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Are you going for the ducks too? when I rescued some Scovy mixes from our river someone had dumped. I used said X pen again and first I befriended them by going down and offering corn to them then after about a week of this they would see me coming and swim right to the edge waiting for me to bring their goodies,. Then I took the X pen down and set it up close to the water with one end open put the corn toward the back so they had to walk all the way into the Xpen when they did that I closed up that open end and picked them up and put them into a smaller dog crate and brought them home. Corn works so good at getting them to like us.
     
  7. Pilze

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    I want to rescue the ducks, but I don't know what to do with that many drakes. To be honest, I know what SHOULD HAVE been done and we could take them to a processor but that costs $$. That is too much meat for just my wife and her family, so we considered taking the meat to several shelters. I don't want to see them freeze or starve.
     
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    Better remedy that letting them starve to death. Hard decisions.
     
  9. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw a dog crate in the photo, it´s identical to one I have here, that´s why I said about it. It´s plenty big enough for a goose. Heavy to carry loaded, though!! [​IMG]
     
  10. livininbrazil

    livininbrazil Chillin' With My Peeps

    My pilgrim-type gander is more confident than the gals, but for yours to be so confident, seems strange that he was dumped, as he´s obviously used to being handled. Poor little things.
    Can you fix up a temporary fence (I put up 1m high wiremesh with broomsticks poked down through the holes into the ground for support when I need temporary fencing. Then maybe you can chuck some feed in there for her without even having to use the decoy gander. Shut said fence and take her on home! Or, over a number of days, take the crate down with you and put food outside it, for her to get used to the crate. Bit by bit you can get the food closer, then inside...one day she´ll go in and you can slowly shut the door on her. Especially if there´s something really tasty in there!
     
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