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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:40 pm 
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I have two Graylag geese and they love to put any hard items in their pond that they find in their yard. It includes pine cones, hard plastic, rock melon and other fruit peels, and rope. I don't know where they find some of this stuff. The chooks must be scratching it out of the ground but it is all found in their pond. They also put it in a drinking bowl. I am thinking it might have some thing to do with them hoping that it will become soft so they can eat it.

Does anyone know for sure?


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Geese are cheeky and play. Goslings or young adult geese will often do this, also mud or soil can be carried and dropped in the water.

Can get quiet annoying. I would be careful if you have rope around as if they swallow it, it will most lokely be the end of the goose

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I have one goose that insists on washing everything. She will find stuff way up the backyard somewhere and carry it all the way down to the pond to wash it, play with it for a while, then go looking for something else.


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geese are very smart birds... like parrots. Given the oportunity happy geese like to play. I know of pet geese that play with squeeky dog toys and watch tv. Unlike dogs geese can see what we see on a tv and recognise geese, ducks and other familiar things.

One of my ganders used to try and wind the clothes line up and down. He also ripped bark off trees and tossed it around. If you left a jacket or anything on a fence..... kiss it goodbye :lol:

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Ok now I understand. So maybe I could set up a tv lounge for them and give them a basket ball and some toys. :D

I know they are smart, they know how to get my attention and let me know when something is wrong, including when the rooster is kept in his box at 6 am. I thought I stopped the rooster crowing and all would be well but instead I have caused the gander to start honking early in the morning!

They also let me know if there is anything wrong with the chooks.

What do you think would be a good toy for geese?


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Toys are really only necessary if they are in a small pen and bored.

If they have lots of grass friends and space they make their own fun and just eat a lot.

My geese have a big mirror in their pen... and spend hours preening in front of it and talking to it.

you might want to experiment with treat balls like for dogs... and put chopped veges in it or other favourite treats.

Something you can hang off a fence on very strong elastic that they can grab and pull on.
just make sure there is nothing that can break or rip off that they can swallow and no metal parts.

If geese swallow metal they will die from poisoning.

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I like those ideas thanks. I like the mirror in their pen idea the most. I might have to try that. I wonder what reaction I will get with the chooks and a mirror.


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