Yesterday, we got a call from the post office that our new babies had arrived. I drove right down to the little post office in the little town to pick them up.
If you have babies shipped through the mail, it’s a good idea to call the post office in advance, tell them what you’re expecting, give them your phone number, and ask them to call you when the birds arrive.
Our goslings came from the Holderread Waterfowl Farm and Preservation Center in Oregon. They ship them as day-olds. Babies don’t eat or drink much for the first 36-60 hours after birth, so this makes it a good time to box them up and send them on a trip.
They arrive curious and active.
And maybe slightly irritated.
Not to mention outrageously adorable.
We have a “bargain” assortment of four goslings, though they did tell us that they are three American Blues and one American Lavender, two varieties of the American geese family, which also includes American Buffs (tan/fawn color). The Blues are a sort of bluish-gray and the Lavenders are a lighter silvery-lavender. They aren’t sexed, though, so I have no idea about that yet, but I hope there is a mix. Since they are of two very close variations on the same breed, it will work well to breed them together. The American Blues and American Lavenders look almost identical. You can see what mature American Blues and Lavenders look like here. American Blues and Lavenders are beautiful geese. They’re known to be calm and docile geese as well as good parents.
After moving them from the shipping box to a temporary brooder box, they discovered water–and were thirsty from their trip.
The first one discovers food!
You can already tell which one is the Lavender–it looks a little different from the other three.
We’ll be fixing up a bigger brooder box for them this weekend as they will quickly outgrow this temporary one. When they’re big enough, they’ll go to the chicken yard for a time then on to the pond.
We have geese!
Right after I opened the box at home. (They were still feeling a little ornery.)