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Liz in Ireland



Joined: 27 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 17 6:38 pm    Post subject: Geese help please  Reply with quote    

I think that I may have made an error!

I have acquired 2 allegedly 6 month Toulouse geese. When they have settled I hoped that they will roam and mow across my grass, and lay eggs and raise goslings next year for Christmas dinners .
They seem fairly happy in their grass pen, hate cats, seem calmed by visits from the hens. Last night, not helped by hurricane Ophelia, and tonight, I've failed to get them into their large box/small shed. After the first 2 nights they have learned to go in opposite directions at the last moment rather than enter it.
I am doing the silent, calm and slow approach that has been suggested, but they still end up stressed out, and out.

They're going to be got by the Fox aren't they?

They would stand a better chance if they free ranged now?

Is it normal for them not to be interested in 'treats', a little corn for example?

I,m told that they're easy to care for, just let them out?

Will they, like chickens, not wander off? Ive an acre.

Any tips gratefully received. They seem happiest with the hens and gaze wistfully over their fence at them, I'm wanting to just let them out


Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine like to go to bed much later than everything else ... and they like routine. Perhaps try putting them in a bit later? They definitely aren't so food focused as hens ... much more discerning.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7226
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours also like to go to bed slightly later. It' easier to funnel them in through a doorway. Could you put up some hurdles either side of the door - make certain you angle them out so it looks like a funnel?

PS Welcome to the world of contrary geese.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1977
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine don't take orders easily & prefer to make me think they're doing things of their own accord....that said, once they "learn" a thing, they adapt to the routine very readily

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you need to liquidise them before pouring through the funnel, or just push really hard?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33709
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Proper geese have things rammed into them via a funnel.

Yum yum.

No, it really is worth it.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, hush.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Terrible man.

Liz in Ireland



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 17 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Funnel is good, a pallet funnel shall be constructed

Contrary they certainly are. And they may not be Toulouse at all, African maybe apparently.

I will persevere, thanks.

Liz in Ireland



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 17 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Funnel version one still resulted in a struggle last night.

New modified funnel tonight, and success

Shan



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Posts: 7226
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 17 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done!!!!

Geese have to be the most indifferent creatures!!!!

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