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How They’ve Grown

If you were after a grazing animal that grows at a phenomenal rate, the goslings have gone from this to this in just six weeks.

We lost one of the six at about four days old, found floating in the dam with a huge tick.  Since then, we’ve had to check them twice a day for ticks, finding one or two most days.  But apart from ticks, they’ve been pretty self-sufficient and resilient.  The adults are fantastic parents.  The whole five adults take on parenting duties, forming a defensive ring around the goslings at the least sign of danger and letting them have first pick at any food.

We haven’t named them, but I really don’t think I’m going to be able to eat them.  So much for me and meat animals! Lets hope I do better with the chickens.

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  • dixiebelle November 30, 2011, 10:11 am

    Holy cow… I mean, goose! They’ve gotten so big. Oh, that poor baby, how sad.

  • Zara November 30, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Oh my they sure have grown.
    It is amazing the way animals act in interacting and protecting their young.

  • cecilia gunther December 2, 2011, 11:45 am

    Don’t they eat a lot of grass! I find it fascinating watching them snap and peck at the grass like a sheep.. they grow so fast that it is very easy for them to pull a muscle too so i am sure you handle them gently, i hate ticks.. c

  • Linda December 2, 2011, 11:53 am

    It’s interesting trying to handle them gently while at the same time catching them twice a day and using tweezers to pull out ticks! They are getting used to it now, but the two adult males, Patrick and Trevor, get themselves terribly worked up worrying that we are hurting the babies.

  • brenda December 2, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Whoa! What a fast grower. I love the good little parents too.

    When I got my place, it was crazy with ticks. I hate using chemicals, but after staying up into the wee hours bathing my dog and picking hundreds of the little bloodsuckers, I gave in. The nasty chemicals did cut the population down somewhat. After repeating the treatment with little success, I’d given up on using the back yard. I had a couple pounds of garlic that had gone bad (from Sam’s Club – the China stuff), so as an experiment, chopped it up and spread it all over the back yard, and poof – no more ticks. Since then, I’ve found a source for concentrated garlic liquid and do a preventative application a couple times a year, just for safety. Since your tick population is so small, it might not be worth it in your case. Plus, I couldn’t put your good garlic out on the yard that way.

    brenda from arkansas

  • Linda December 2, 2011, 3:57 pm

    We did ask the local vet about the idea of putting tea tree oil on the goslings, but he said that like all birds, they preen themselves and would be likely to poison themselves if we used anything that would kill ticks. But I like the idea of garlic.

  • Little feather October 17, 2013, 4:04 am

    Oh I agree, geese are great, hard to make dinner of them, I found that separating the “extras” raising them without the intensive pet bonding, very hard to do! Really helps to detach from that factor.
    Chooks have their way of endearing too! So I trade with others, or have them processed professionally. Still hard to do, but with over 100 birds, ducks, chooks, turkeys, and others I’ve had to come to grips, only a few, the best stay as breeders, egg layers, the rest serve their purpose with dignity and compassion! Knowing I raised them with love, a great environment, dignity and compassion, helps to come to terms with the eventuality of purpose!
    I just can’t afford to have that many pets, lol, if I could I would! But I know my food is good for me and that’s the whole point! It gets easier with time, and they too in some way know their purpose, and I believe their spirit is happy to provide back for those who provide so well with loving compassion for their kind!

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