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raising geese
March 15, 2011
1:43 pm
Big Chicken
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Hi - I lost my goose over the winter and as much as he was a pain, I miss him and his guard dog capabilities especially at night. So I would like to raise a pair of geese which I'll get from our local store. I'm doing a couple more ducks to go with the pair I have and know that they can be fed chick starter same as the new chicks we're getting. I've done some research online and notice that a few sites talk about them eating grass during the first 4 weeks. We live in the Black Hills so we're prone to April/May snowstorms so all my young ones stay in until that threat has passed.

Any advice on raising them would be appreciated. My 7 guineas that are left are starting to find their nesting places so we'll see what comes of that. I still have my 4 chickens left so will be adding to that group and hoping to replace my rooster once some become available through the paper.

Would like to get more goats but not sure if hubby is ready for that. I love my nubians to death but really enjoy the little pygmy ones I have. Might just concentrate on increasing our feathered friends this year!

thanks in advance for any advice on any of the above really!

March 16, 2011
1:59 pm
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Big Chicken
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Sorry to hear about your goose. We have a pair of Chineese Geese this is their 4th winter, these things are so tough! The only thing I really learned of value is to avoid the medicated starters, or anything you would give chicks. Ours were on wild game bird feed very early. I have given them corn and scratch grains they really just prefer stealing the dogs food. I live in Missouri and its gets terribly cold they are just in a pen without electricity at night be they have endured.

March 16, 2011
2:07 pm
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He was part of package deal with a duck that I wanted. Now they're both gone but was fortunate enough to get another duck for my remaining one - they're inseparable now.


I'm not sure but think it might have been the cold - he was in the chicken coop and seemed to have gone in his sleep. We had just had a night of temps that reached 24 below (air temp). We did the best making sure to put in extra shavings and I do have a light in the chicken coop for at night.


I've been reading up on a few sites - didn't think about the wild game feed. I'm going to invest in a couple of rubber water tanks for them while they're in the house. It would be nice for my goats to have a few extra water options once the feathered creatures leave the house.


Hoping that the cold nights are behind us. Figuring I'll get everyone the middle of April so they'll be ready for the outdoors by the end of May. Given the variety we're going to have, it might be a bit noisy in here. I do like it though because the dogs get used to seeing them and then once they're outside, they ignore them. That'll give us enough time to do a new coop or two. Ours needs some repair but might just fix it. They all seem to prefer to sleep under the deck next to the house!

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