I have a gosling that is around week old, no more than 1 1/2 weeks, by my estimation. S/he's doing great, eating well & happy. I know scratch & grit is needed for geese of a certain age, but i'm not sure exactly when to start, but this little thing has proven to be something of a picky eater (not a fan of romaine lettuce or berries, loved celery, tolerated mushrooms because they were chopped like the chick starter that s/he goes nuts for), so my thinking is if she has it before she needs it, she'll probably just ignore it. But i want to make sure she gets it if she needs to. Problem is, where I live is perfect for a goose: lots of water (we live on a river) and lots of land with good grass, shade etc. but i do not exactly live in "farm country". After acquiring this guy, I spent hours driving around to find a store that sells anything designed for birds beyond sparrows or cardinals. Now that I know where a feed store is, its about an hour away and if there's something to substitute for commercial grit, that would be helpful. I remember seeing grit there but getting out there is such a pain in the buttt for this suburbanite. I read i can give it sand, like the untreated kind one would put in a very young child's sandbox (since little kids would also put it in their mouths!). But I do not want to take any chances: if I have to i'll drive back to the tractor supply store. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly welcome, especially with the price of gas!!!! Thanks!!