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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:28 pm 
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Our over enthusiastic gander is damaging the poor goose's head, she must be sore as she now tries to get away from him when he wants to mate. I haven't seen any other goose be damaged like this by the gander, has he just got a bad technique or what? Is there anything I can do? I cant really separate them, they are always together, I think they would be most unhappy if I tried...anyone got any ideas??

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:23 pm 
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ouch that looks sore
could you spray it with some blue cote or teamycin spray? the teramycin spray is blue and is an antibiotic spray so might help with it healing? the blue colour may put him off grabbing her head too? i dont know much about geese though sosomeone else may have better advise?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:00 pm 
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I could try the blue spray, i think I've got some..it may make her feel better although I cant see it deterring the gander, perhaps it will heal if she sits on the clutch of eggs she is laying, or will he still want to mate when she gets up? We have 8 chickens, more than twenty bantams, five ducks, two cats and a dog but the geese are more trouble than all of them :? :o


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hopefully someone more experience can help Allie!! mabye if she sits put a temporary pen around her with food and water close by so she can sit in peace- but so the gander can be close by also

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:25 pm 
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Once she sits the ganger usually stays close by may even sits with her.
Sounds like they may be young some of mine are a bit scruffed around head try what dead fishy says spray with the blue purple spray and if he does become a problem put like some tin over her -hopefully she has put her nest near a wall. :)
And yes geese can be a bit of a problem especially this time of year.
Although i have muscovy males that are trying to kill one another through the wire at the moment :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:42 pm 
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hi, yes, they are young, last spring's hatch. So the gander is just suffering from lack of experience? Hopefully he will stop damaging her soon, she was laying every 3 or 4 days but now it is every 1 or 2 days, so maybe she will sit soon. She lays in the corner of the chicken pen so I could put some tin over her. Will the gander stop mating with her once she is sitting?

thanks, Allison


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