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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:29 pm 
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I have inherited a lonley gander from my neighbour.

I have never had one before = what do they eat??

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They will eat pellets and wheat, but the best thing is Capricorn goat mix.

If there is lots of grass, they wont need alot.

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Grass predominantly, kept down to less than 4" or they don't like to browse it. Mine are spoilt and prefer soft/new growth as it's most tender I suppose.

This can be supplemented with a bit of wheat, various veggies, fruits (apples, carrots, nashi pears, broccoli, cauliflour, melons, pumpkin guts or whatever we have on hand) and bread as a treat.

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Hi Kylie , If your grass is fairly green they will almost survive entirely on this , but does help (in the cold weather especially) to give a scratch or grain mix , Just what you give to the chooks . One's no good you know ? I give you a month and you'll have at least a pair.


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How's that for service 3 posts in as many minutes!


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Martin Holmes wrote:
One's no good you know ? I give you a month and you'll have at least a pair.


:lol: I am already looking!

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It has to be a record!

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Be forewarned - everyone on BYP will warn newbies that chooks are addictive but less well publicized is that geese are possibly even more so! They've just got so much personality and are so personable and curious you can't help it really! :lol:

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You have inherited him have you I am guessing the one I gave her he eats anything was only having pellets, soaked wheat here not much though.Thats if it is the same one :)
You know where you can get another one from :lol: :lol:


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Ours keep the lawn mown perfectly, we supplement that with 2nds wheat and chicken grain mix (incl. shell-grit etc) as necessary.

We also get the outer leaves from lettuce and cabbage free from the local fruit and veg markets. They absolutely love that - but prefer iceberg to the fancier varieties ;) :lol:

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Can they eat bread?? As he seems to pick it out of the scraps I give the chooks!

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What breed of gander have you got.

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Can they eat bread?? As he seems to pick it out of the scraps I give the chooks!


They can but it's more like a treat than the bulk of their intake - 10% or less I think? I give it to mine in the evening as a bedtime treat, that way they've filled up on what they're supposed to during the day instead of gobbling the bread and then ignoring the grass. Mind you mine would cheerfully eat a lot more bread than they get if I let them... :lol:

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Duckie wrote:
What breed of gander have you got.


I thought it was an Emebden - but it could just be a white gander.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:10 pm 
All the above, but remember, they do not tolerate meat or meat by products, so layer pellets are not too good, and few is ok but not more than 5% of daily intake.

Mine, (50 +) get carrots, potatoes, cabbage and cauliflower leaves daily. Bread once a week and again only 10% of that days intake. You can fatten a goose on grass alone.

So if you want to give them a real treat, soaked wheat (or spouted wheat) about a cup each geese and either lucerne meal or chaff, 1/3 cup. Give daily (2 cups of wheat) during summer when grass is light on and the times once or twice a week.


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