Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unexpected Goslings!

Spring into early summer is when the geese start laying their eggs. Usually we don't allow the geese to sit on their eggs as we were not planning on having any more geese at the present time. If they do start sitting on them it is a case of picking up the eggs during the brief periods when the goose gets up to feed. This time though we never managed to get them as the goose never seemed to be off the eggs when we were looking. I did try and coax her off but this was met with lots of very cross hissing and she stubbornly refused to budge. In the end we gave up and left her to it thinking that they probably wouldn't hatch anyway. Just when we were thinking that time had passed for them to hatch we spotted three little yellow goslings following their parents around the garden. This prompted a quick dash to the local animal feed suppliers to buy some chick crumb.

Ordinarily when you hatch out goslings you need to keep them under a heat lamp to keep them warm, but their mother seems to be doing this job very well, so we have left them to it. In the longer term we are not sure what we are going to do with them; I guess we will decide that when they reach maturity.

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allotments4you said...

Nice to see you back. I think the gosling's are adorable, I don't think I would have tried to mess with their Mum to get their off the eggs!!
It's amazing how well nature survives without our interference of heat lamps and such....after all they have been doing it for years so at times I wonder why humans think they need so much input into rearing another animals new life.

Charlotte said...

I love those little goslings! I remember at Easter we used to get to choose 2 at the farmers coop to take home. We'd spoil them rotten. Those mum hens are mean when you disturb them.

Tammy said...

These are precious! I love little goslings. They are just like a little ball of fuzz. we had a pet chicken year ago and it would follow us around the yard like a dog. I love your blog.