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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:49 pm 
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Hello All I have a 25mtr x 25mtr pen to lock my geese in (mornings) when they start laying. I need to make some nesting boxes. I saw a plan somewhere now can't find it. Can anyone point me to it or give me a simple plan, size etc. Thanks Phalara.


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geese make there own nests, probably just need to provide them with a bail of hay.


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I just line a dog training crate with hay and cover against the weather. Off the ground a bit to stop the bottom from getting waterlogged. You can also use a dog kennel or any water proof box, container etc. No need to go to any expense.

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44 Gal (200Lt) drum with lid removed and laid on the side are ideal . Partially bury(stops it rolling ) and refill with dirt above the existing ground level . Incline very slightly backwards . Supply ample grass or hay . You can punch a few holes in the back at the top for ventilaion if you wish . Try and place in the shade and face away for any movement in pens. These give the goose plenty of security from other birds and allow single nesting only .


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Thanks for the tips people. I'm so excited about being a mummy. I want everything ready for the big events. Cheers Phalara


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Martin Holmes wrote:
Try and place in the shade and face away for any movement in pens. These give the goose plenty of security from other birds and allow single nesting only .


Martin - any pictures of what you mean by this - hard to picture it. Do you mean facing a wall or something like that??

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Ben , Ideally face the drum opening north or north/west for weather reasons. If you can face AWAY from main run area (particularly if more than one pair in the run ) it gives the sitting goose more privacy and less distraction . It is not uncommon for a sitting goose to charge at any other bird or animal that comes close (that the gander has not driven off). This quick evacuation of the nest sometimes results in egg breakages. As such if you can place the drum so that there is little or no distraction hatch rate will improve. Facing a wall would be ideal (about a metre out from the wall )


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