Rescuing goose from park. I would love some advice!

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Steffanyace, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Steffanyace

    Steffanyace Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2012
    Our city park has one lonely goose. He (or she) has been hanging around the vehicles looking at his reflection on vehicles since he doesn't have a mate. Yesterday, he was looking at the mirror on the playground which is a pretty good distance from the safety of the pond. One kid threw her shoe at him. Then a little while later another girl chased him all the way to the pond. It is pretty sad. I called the person in charge of the park and was given permission to take the goose. Sooo . . . Now I am a first time owner of a goose.

    Can I tell what sex it is, or do I need to have him checked/vented?
    Is it a Toulouse goose?
    Any recommendations on getting a mate for him?
    What is the best food for him?

    I have 15 acres. The front pond where our house is has two acres and that is where my muscovy trio hangs out. Do you think they could all live in harmony? If need be, I can keep him long enough to find a good hime. I justed hated to see that poor goose tormented every time we went to the park and felt like I had to do something.
  2. Steffanyace

    Steffanyace Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2012
    Her is the goose on the playground:

    Here he is by my truck as I was trying to leave. He followed my truck a little ways as we were leaving:
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Do you have him/her at your house now? if not please get it before someone hurts it or it's killed by a pred. it is diff a Toulouse can't say what sex though. They are so sweet and if you go about it slowly your ducks may accept it as part of their group.So awesome of you to want to give it a home,
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Definitely a production Toulouse, you can pluck a couple of chest feathers to have a DNA gender test done for around $24.
  5. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2012
    Port Orchard, Wa
    Oh my gosh, those pictures are so sad, please do take him/her home. Even if it's a bit before you can get a friend for it at least it would have you and your ducks for company.
  6. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2012
    East Texas
    You might want to check with city hall and make sure that this goose doesn't belong to the city, I know that in some city parks they place geese in the ponds as an attraction. If it belongs to the city taking it home would be theft. Better to make sure before you wind up with a criminal record for trying to do the right thing.
  7. 1MrsMagoo

    1MrsMagoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2010
    St Tammany Parish LA
    She called the park director and got permission. My only other concern would be if it belonged to someone who lived close by and had just wandered off. However, if it had a home and owner and they failed to find it at the park it needs to be taken into protective custody for its own good anyway.

    I do hope you took him home already. I am saying him based on what little I am seeing of the bill. It looks fairly stout to be a female Toulouse. Either way, it will make a goose lover out of you now that you are a goose owner. Congratulations and excellent job on taking the poor thing in before some ill fate befell him.[​IMG]

    As to your other questions....if it turns out to be a female, it can live with your ducks with few issues. A gander may or may not be peaceful: It depends on his level of hormones. All my geese live with ducks, but I have to put up a wire separator during breeding season since the gander gets super protective of his special lady.

    Getting a mate should be easy enough. You can stick with the same breed or get another large breed goose like an Embden if you'd like. This time of year they seem to be easier to find on Craigslist. Also, with breeding season just around the corner, you have the option of purchasing a gosling to raise.

    Feed wise, most of us use a mixed ration for them. I use 1/3 Gamebird Feed, 1/3 Wheat, Oats and Black Oil Sunflower seed mix and due to it being breeding season in my neck of the woods, 1/3 layer rations. Any waterfowl ration would be good as well as access to grass pasture. Geese LOVE to graze and if they have access to good grass will get a substantial portion of their daily food intake that way. I have 16 geese that love our 1 acre front pasture: I had to mow the grass three times all year.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  8. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    SW Florida
    It looks like your questions have been answered, but I wanted to wish you luck!!! Please keep us updated!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  9. Steffanyace

    Steffanyace Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2012
    I made an attempt to get him this morning. The school had a bus load of kids at the playground though, so he wasn't up at the playground like I hoped. I was able to get between him and the water but wasn't quite fast enough to catch him. I'll have to wait until my husband can help me.

    I appreciate everyone's help! Toulouse are a pretty docile breed of goose right? I've known two pairs and they we all nice. I like the geese with the curly feathers. Do you think one of those would work for a mate? Would they have curly feathered babies? Can you tell the sex on those visually?
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Thats too bad about not getting him, I don't recommend this as a diet supplement but Bread works great to win one over. Hope you can get him/her soon. I have a Toulouse goose and she is a sweet heart. Celtic has Sebbies and can you about them. my gander is an Embden so I can't say much about Sebbies other than I really like them.

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