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Will this feller stick around?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by cheyfrie26, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a bunch of Canadians here a few months ago. They were all goslings. Well they all disappeared and one came back. He is always running with my Muscovy's. I feed my birds daily and have a barn. Will he stay through the winter?
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Wouldn't be that so cool if he did stick around? [​IMG]
     
  3. SouthernPride

    SouthernPride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Canada goslings usually stick with their parents the first year. It may be that he/she got seperated and is looking for a surrogate family.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Post pics if you can. I would love to see him.
     
  5. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here he/she is!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. goosemama

    goosemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were given a pair of Canada's who had been pinioned so could not fly - something I would never do!!!. They were stand offish but would come within l0 feet to eat grain we scattered in the barnyard for them. We had a small pond w/island for them so they could nest and escape predators and would try to herd them into the barn during bad weather but they would have none of it. We had an open shed with hay, poultry pellets and heated water tub just for them. During one really heavy snowstorm we were able to drive them into the shed. They took one look at the hay and heated water and all started having baths. Each year they would raise between 5 - 7 goslings and every Fall (except for one year) the babies left on their own. Only one winter did they all stay with the parents but left in the Spring when the parents started to nest again. Other than an island on a pond, there wasn't much we could do to protect them from predators - they really resisted being put in the barn. We had them about 8 years when either coyotes or fox got each of the parents when they were not on the pond at night. Each year we have one or two pairs of Canadas come to stay all summer and raise their young. We would like to think they are our past babies from George and Gracie. They raise their young (this year it was 6) on the same island in the pond and even walk their goslings up to our house for shelled corn so there is a level of trust that makes us feel they were born here. Before they start their nest every year they actually fly or walk up to the house and graze with our chickens, ducks and geese in our backyard. This Canada may stay all winter but don't be surprised if he/she leaves one Fall day or attaches to a migratory flock who happen to come for the day to rest. Then again she may stay all winter and then leave if she hasn't found a mate at your farm. Hope she stays - they are so beautiful to watch.
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Legally, if you want to keep Canada geese, not only do you need a permit but you also MUST pinion them.
     
  8. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this guy chooses to stay. Hes running loose. You can only get in trouble if you have them in a cage.
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:He is beautiful!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:He is beautiful!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing.

    X2 I enjoy so much watching them fly over head here, they are beautiful birds, your very blessed.
     

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