what's with the rocks in their water?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by RedfogsFlock, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    We have 3 ganders, and every morning when we go out to change & fill water their bucket always has rocks in it. Not little pebbles, or sand either, but big rocks! Why & what are they doing?
  2. Are they in a totally secure, Racoon proof run? Every once in awhile, Racoons will put things in the water container in our goat pens. Raccoons like to "wash" things. We find all kinds of things in the containers that the goats would not have access to. My geese do chew and mouth things and they carry a few things into the pool too. I just wanted to alert you that it could be Raccoons and if so...it could spell trouble for your geese. Thought I should let you know...
  3. Goosehaven

    Goosehaven Chirping

    Apr 24, 2010
    My geese love to "mouth" the big rocks we have underneath our swing and dunk them in their water. I watch them do it on a daily basis.
  4. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    it's in the mornings that we find the rocks, "mouthing" things is an interesting theory. They do pick things up and just well like you said mouth them. lol Never thought they would pick up rocks tho.

    As you can tell these are our first geese, and they are not to much for human contact. We got them from a rescue, so it's all good for us. I don't need them to be lovey dovey, just loud when something isn't right, and that they are good at. lol

    TY for the advice!!!
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:See the marble post. geese will select stones that are just to big, try to wash them down with water and end up spitting them our in their water. If they are truly BIG rocks, the coon theory works for me.
  6. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    My geese put rocks, pine cones, straw etc....... in their water on a daily basis. I've watched them put them in and out of the water, line the stuff up, make a trail, put it back in the water......Seems to be normal behavior. Might be a nesting instinct or just playing! [​IMG]
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    when I had geese, sometimes the female goose would take the pebbles from the creek bed and put them in her nest...never could figure that out either....good luck at finding the answer.

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