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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:00 am 
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I recently bought a trio of Africans and was wondering what people use for nest boxes. These birds are locked up at night and let out during the day but i want them to nest in their yard . So far we have used 44 gal drums with the top cut out and a layer of dirt in the bottom. Our farmyard geese on Kangaroo Island used to just nest anywhere but we did not have any foxes to worry about. Im keen to here of any ideas about what the female likes and doesn't like. :?:


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Hi William,

I use a dog crate for my goose. I line it with clean hay and she lines that with feathers. I also cover the crate with shade cloth to give her privacy yet air flow is maintained. This is placed in the chook coup. Mine all cohabit quite well. Have done for years. :)
Most geese make their own nest but when I find the first egg I put it and her in the crate so she knows where to go. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:35 pm 
any large container, 200 litre drum, dog kennel, packing box, they just need a private spot, that is at least 1 neck length square.


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our geese think that the stables is a great place for there is hay all over the floor and there is corners and dark spots. Ours just use hay. They also use dirt as they dig a hole sort of and the line it with feathers.

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I have started to think that under our back deck might be a good spot for our goose to nest - can anyone see any problem?

The deck is about 15mx3m, clearance underneath is between 4' and 2'6", underneath is sand.

Can anyone see any problems? would a 200l drum be better?

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Not sure if im stating the obvious here, but is under your back deck closed in? I wouldn't risk it with foxes and dogs otherwise....

Its not true that foxes aren't a problem with geese...


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Flogs wrote:
Not sure if im stating the obvious here, but is under your back deck closed in? I wouldn't risk it with foxes and dogs otherwise....

Its not true that foxes aren't a problem with geese...


The whole yard is well fenced - have had them for close to 1yr, no problems yet. Our pr of geese live in the yard permanently (started making too mmuch noise in the mornings when locked up with the others.

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