Background: I've been adopted into a family of geese at a local park and we've been a family for maybe 5 or 6 years. One of the 4 geese was lost to a coyote over the summer, so now it's two brothers and their sister. One gander is kind of the goose king, the other the supreme guardian/herder and the sister is a shy, polite, wonderful little hen loved and fiercely protected by her brothers : ) Over the years we've also been invited into the lives of several very personable ducks and the coot among them. You wouldn't think it would get too cold in AZ, but it's been dipping into the 40s at night. Of course, when I go to feed the geese and ducks, everyone's just starving from the cold (and when the geese have come to the man-made pond where most of the ducks live, they're extremely frustrated, having to deal with the throngs of ducks in order to be fed.) The Question: My kids (the geese) love chick scratch, really deplore game bird pellets/crumbles. They're also not crazy about alternative proteins such as seeds/peanuts (they'll spit them out and look at me like I've insulted them.) Will geese eat suet? It seems like a calorie-dense, possibly tasty food. I'm really stumped as to what foods I could give them that would help them/condition/keep them alive them the most. Right now I'm visiting them everyday and everyday, they're just so awfully hungry. The birds are having to survive things that should be unsurvivable: trash bags full of leftover fishing line/lures/sinkers/split shot/treble hooks; packs of coyotes; and, worst of all, I've never seen a place where so many people of all ages are so openly violent toward the resident animals. Last week it was boy scouts, breaking off switches to chase/beat rabbits and birds. There are adults encouraging children to chase/beat/stomp rabbits and birds. And just a few days ago, someone snuck into the back of the park and shot to death a coyote who'd been socialized by humans. It's out of control and the park rangers and overseers do not care. They chalk the violence up to the animals, nature, survival of the fittest. That being said, I'd lay down my life for those geese as many times as I could. I'd camp there to look over them if need be. So I'm just trying to figure out the one thing I can give them to sustain them--the best possible, tastiest food : ) Thanks so much!