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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:10 pm 
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We've been watching our little ones grow for the past 3 weeks or so and the difference between the mother goose reared (eating grass with supplementary pullet starter, pollard, grain etc) and the hand reared goslings (eating mostly pullet starter, lucerne chaff etc with supplementary grass) has been amazing. The hand reared goslings are about an inch taller than their naturally raised siblings, and are feathering up much faster. And they're much more fun to play with! :D :D

2 weeks old, mother goose reared
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3 weeks old with mum and dad
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3 weeks old, hand raised pet goslings
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Hopefully we have some more hatching in the next few days. They're all so cute! :D


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They look great Anna, well done . Hand raised ARE more fun to play with since they are imprinted on you(you're their new mum) .
Couple of reasons for the faster growth rate apart from the obvious , the food . Hand raised are more confined so they don't waste food on energy walking around , plus you most likely have or had a heat source for them, so they didn't need again to waste food stores on keeping warm . Even though the others have Mum to keep them warm, after about a week or so they seldom use mum to keep warm .
Lucerne is around 18% protein and will really pack the weight on .
My understanding is that geese have the second highest growth rate
for any animal , beaten only by the Great Dane dog !


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Mine are the same age Anna. Hand raised from 2 days old inside and spoilkt rotten.

They got turfed out today though as the weather has gottten warmer.
We made a temp enclosure for them with a crate to go into with hay.
They can eat the grass on the ground and they have thier Nuduck Crumbles as well. We are keeping watch on the weather though and will move them to the shed if it goes bad.

Now to get the 10 chicks that are 5 weeks old OUT OF MY LOUNGE!!

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Looking good yes they do grow fast especially the ones raised without mum.
Lintonpair get building!!!!!


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The crate is inside a lattice and metal roofed enclosure. They will have to suck it up fo a week. Cant build anything else for them till then.

I can always pop them back in the barn if need be as well. Dont worry Macl.. that bloomin Cocker Spaniel of mine and her borther are now on a 1 week holiday in their fave kennels so we can get it all sorted.

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there looking good, 8)



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I'm a first time goose breeder and I too am amazed at the speed at which goslings grow. My three B Chinese are with their parents and are roughly twice the size of muscovey ducklings that are 5 days younger.

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Yeah, ive found that too Anna.
I hand-rear most of mine mainly due to the fact that I have/want to show the goslings when they grow up. So, hand-rearing obviously gets them calm, content and used to people, therefore they wont be idiots in the show pen....but I also just love having the little cuties around the house yard....everytime I go near them, they all put their necks out and talk to me... (you know...peep peep peep....and when their voice starts to break its...peep beep, honk! :lol: )....and some people just think I'm crazy the way I just crouch down and chat back to them...I love it..it is as if they are having a disussion with you.... :shock: :D .
But now some of them have to go (are for sale) :cry: :( .....

I was just looking at the photos that you put up and trying to work out what breed.......
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Poultry1, I think the only breed I could truthfully call them would be "farmyard". We've been aiming to have a flock of embdens, or at least white geese resembling embdens, but white female geese seem to be incredibly difficult to find. Got plenty of ganders :? ! I'm hoping some of the yellow goslings will turn into nice white females, but there's going to be a lot of mixed blood there.

The 2 pet goslings spent their first night outside last night, mucking out the brooder in the spare room became all too difficult. They eventually settled down after a lot of eeeping, and boy, were they pleased to see us this morning! :D


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