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will my goose follow me around?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sydney13, May 11, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

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    im getting gosling soon and i have a big kiddy pool for her but their is also a large pond in the woods down the street. so i was wondering if i handle my goose enough for her to fallow me around were every i go do you think if i brought her down the street to the pond could i let her swim their? would she follow me home when it was time to leave? she would probably have a imprint on me and the chicks she will be raised so she wouln't just be obsessed with only me i think.
     
  2. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    Well, yes . I got mine at 3 days old and I put them in the bathtub till they got big enough to walk with me down to the pond. Now, they follow me there everyday and swim - BTW, mine don't get into the water unless I do and I don't know when and if they will ever just go down to the pond on their own. I wish they would. But, yes they will follow you everywhere, esp. if you pet them and carry them around and hold them lots! It's called imprinting and it is so incredible and incredibly loving - you just wait, your heart will never be the same. Mine are now 5 weeks and huge! I don't know how they grow that fast. Do you have the correct food? jennifer
     
  3. sydney13

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    Well, yes . I got mine at 3 days old and I put them in the bathtub till they got big enough to walk with me down to the pond. Now, they follow me there everyday and swim - BTW, mine don't get into the water unless I do and I don't know when and if they will ever just go down to the pond on their own. I wish they would. But, yes they will follow you everywhere, esp. if you pet them and carry them around and hold them lots! It's called imprinting and it is so incredible and incredibly loving - you just wait, your heart will never be the same. Mine are now 5 weeks and huge! I don't know how they grow that fast. Do you have the correct food? jennifer

    when you go back home do they follow you?​
     
  4. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    Sydney, yes they will follow me anywhere, but I stay knee deep till they are finished, and then off we go.....\\ /
     
  5. Kim65

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    They will follow you so eagerly you will wish to have some time to yourself. If you just get one you will have to take her everywhere with you (bed, bathroom, school, store). She will get sick if she is alone, it is not healthy for them ever to be away from their flock (you [​IMG] )

    I would bet my next years wages your gosling will follow you home [​IMG] And that it won't get in the pond unless you do too.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I do have one that follows me down to the pond, he won't go there without me. Actually, he won't go to the pond without his wagon, he follows you wherever you go as long as you have the wagon [​IMG] He does come back to the house on his own if I'm at the pond too long (fishing with my son), but he will often come back if we don't go back to the house soon enough. I'm sure he comes back to check on his wagon, but he does come back [​IMG] He never goes to the pond by himself unless the wagon is down there, and he won't stay at the pond. His neurosis is rubbing off on the new geese; they do go to the pond, but usually hang out in the yard with the retar...er, uh...other goose [​IMG]
     
  7. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    Shelley, that's a kick, what's upwith the wagon? jen
     
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    Shelley, that's a kick, what's upwith the wagon? jen

    Geese sometimes become fixed on objects. I had one that became fixed on my roll out garbage tote. In my area we have garbage pickup once per week If you pay the fee and roll the tote out to the road. I noticed the goose would follow me out to the road and had to be herded back to the backyard. What I didn't know was that it would return and sit beside the tote all day and attack the men when they tried to dump it the truck. Finally I
    came home to a full tote with a note taped to the top that the guys would no longer try to pickup the tole if there were any geese around as they were sick of being attacked. Thats how I learned the joy of taking my own trash to the dump while I was paying a rental fee on a tote that the goose would not let go anywhere without her. Soon after that Invested in some nice wire fence and quit free ranging my birds:D
     
  9. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    OMG, that's it truly the funniest thing I have ever heard, who would have thought,,, I guess you could say they imprinted on something inanimate? Hilarious. It's really good to know that not only humans have OCD!! So, do all geese do this, and when does this trait come about - so funny! jenn
     
  10. jennifer@couplandtx.org

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    Do any of you goose experts have any ideas on how I can get my geese to live at the pond instead of the pond being an excursion?? We want to put a floating house out there but currently they won't go there without me or hubby...

    OP - you will learn, didn't mean to take over your post... jenn
     

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