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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:07 pm 
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Hi All, A couple of months ago I adopted 12 geese (sex unknown. age 7mts to 2yrs) They quickly settled with my 2 geese (supposed? to be girls 7mts old) We live on 40 acres all but 4 acres uncleared. The geese free-range but know breakfast and dinner time :). The people I got them from let them lay where ever they want. I want to control the egg hatching :wink:. My question is I understand geese start laying around July? Does anyone have any ideas for nests etc without penning them up. I do have a yard 25mtrs x 25mtrs I could build nests in. As I have no idea of the sex will it be a problem to lock them all together. Any help would be much appreciated. All the geese are very quiet, will eat out of my hand and come when I call them. Cheers Phalara


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:06 pm 
I Look around at farm machine yard and the dump for large box or even a vege wholesaler, or some old dog kennels.

Box or good, then place a old tyre in it and place some straw, etc for nesting material.

If you have the boxes on the yard and lock them in one day a week or half day a week, etc. They will quickly pick a shed per pair


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I use dog training crates with clean straw in them.
When I find the first egg I lock her in it for a day then she just goes in on her own.
Oh and put a tarp over to keep rain or weather off. Also for privacy. Kennels are also good and already weather proof. :)


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You can build straw huts outside, if you can get the straw cheap enough.

The birds will next inside the huts, pull the straw out of the bales and make nests with it. Its nice warm and sheltered, and gives them the privacy from other birds.

Once finished the straw can be used for the garden.

Or build some pyramid pens, with the front end open - they work very well.

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