When can i give my gosling different foods?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by redhen, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I'd like to start giving my baby goose some greens... but not sure when he can safely eat them?
    And what would you suggest i start him off with? Kale? Romaine lettuce?
    And does he need grit? I dont feed my adult geese grit.. [​IMG]
    Thanks for any advice! [​IMG]
     
  2. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont give them kale until they are fully grown but you can give them lettice when they are newborns.[​IMG]
     
  3. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just curious why no kale until adults.

    redhen
    I give my goslings chopped greens from day one.
    Mainly clover and dandelions greens (<<<EXCELLENT!) because mine are born in the spring
    and its readily available. You can feed other dark greens you buy in the store
    or get them out on non-chemical treated grass daily if possible.
    Lightly sprinkle chick size grit on your goslings food a few times a week.
    What did you get this late in the season?!!
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Just curious why no kale until adults.

    redhen
    I give my goslings chopped greens from day one.
    Mainly clover and dandelions greens (<<<EXCELLENT!) because mine are born in the spring
    and its readily available. You can feed other dark greens you buy in the store
    or get them out on non-chemical treated grass daily if possible.
    Lightly sprinkle chick size grit on your goslings food a few times a week.
    What did you get this late in the season?!!

    Hi!! Thanks for the reply!
    I hatched out some of my last eggs from my seb girl ... (got her from Chris/Banter)
    The baby is like almost a month old now...
    I just wasnt sure if he was still too young to eat greens.. [​IMG]
    I'll start him on them ASAP!

    Thanks again! [​IMG]
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I start greens at 1 week. I give grit for a couple of days before I introduce greens. They can have tender greens as soon as they start eating, though.
     
  6. n4zty

    n4zty Out Of The Brooder

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    just curious i have 2 adult geese what should their recommended primary food be? and should i consider the grass they eat their food or just part of their diet that goes along with their primary food? cuz i got an acre of land with lush green grass and they seem to feel like in heaven with all that grass lol
     
  7. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adult geese can pretty much live on grass (if its lush and plentiful) during the off season when not breeding or laying.
    Make sure to provide fresh water DAILY.
     
  8. n4zty

    n4zty Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:thanks kind of makes me feel more at ease when im rushing to buy them food.
     
  9. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm kind of worried about giving them too much protein, as I've read from these forums. When I bought my pair of white chinese goslings, the breeder said they were a week old. I've now had them for four days. I've been feeding them chick starter (called "Trip-L-Duty") but the feed store I bought it from supplies it in brown paper bags, with no label (they sell it in 5lb increments, so I bought two bags). I've been letting the goslings play outside in a pen & they've eaten grass as well. Any suggestions as to how to avoid angel wing? The person at the feed store told me geese can feed on the Trip L Duty mix for life - accompanied with a grass diet I'm sure. But... [​IMG]
     

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