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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:03 pm 
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We have a big problem with weeds on our place, the one that annoys me most is the Cobbler's Pegs. Our adult geese don't touch it, there's too much to pull out, and I don't want to spray in the goose or chook areas. :? Apparently it is edible, so I'm experimenting with trying to give our 2 handraised goslings a taste for the stuff. At the moment (3 days old) they're getting chopped grass as well as chick starter, so I'm starting to mix some cobblers pegs leaves in with the grass....so far so good.

Has anyone else had any luck training their geese this way? I hear it can be done :). Our adult geese love the Mother of Millions, even going as far as digging the roots up...that's a good start! 8)


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hello Anna
I read an article in an organics mag sometime ago. Strawberry farmers were using geese to weed their crop without eating the fruit.

Apparently young Chinese geese were fed local weed species for the first 6 weeks of their life and become trained from then on.

My 3 week old Brown Chinese have been on a diet of turnip, sow thistle & marshmallow. Hope to shortly have a dedicated crew working in the cultivation and saving on Roundup & 2-4D.

With regard to mother of millions, it is known to be highly toxic to grazing stock. Don't know about geese though.

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I have a serious bindi problem and was wandering if the ducks got anything to do with the great increase in the weed form last to this year..I don't think they eat it but can they spread it somehow?


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Don't mean to hijack the thread- does anyone know if geese can be trained to eat cape weed? or if it is safe for them to do so?

If they do, it could be my ticket to getting some :D :D :D


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This sounds really interesting. SillyM please keep us updated once they get to the 6 week mark as to whether they are only eating what you want them to. If only we could train them to do the ironing as well.


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This is all very interesting stuff...

We have one weed at our place, which the geese, ducks and chooks won't touch. No idea what it is called sorry. Has a red stem, and light green oval-shaped leaves. Looks like bit like a bonsai shrub when you let it grow.

However I have noticed our new goslings having a nibble.

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I was just reading about exactly this in a back issue of Australasian Poultry.
I will have another look later and see what it says.

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Flogs wrote:
Don't mean to hijack the thread- does anyone know if geese can be trained to eat cape weed? or if it is safe for them to do so?

If they do, it could be my ticket to getting some :D :D :D


worth a try, more waterfowl can't hurt :wink:

there was a recent thread somewhere on capeweed. Chooks & ducks will eat it without harm.

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Thanks guys,

The goslings are happily tucking into the cobblers pegs (still chopped). We also have a low growing weed with fluffy blue flowers I'll try them with if I can work out what it is and whether it's toxic. (I'll try and get some pics...someone must be able to tell me what it is :D )

SillyM, I was worried when they were getting stock into the mother of millions, I know it's pretty poisonous and I thought they'd leave it alone :? but they strip their paddock bare of it. Just need huge flocks of geese to remove it from all the infested bushland 8)


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