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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:02 pm 
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Just starting to research - dabbling with the idea of keeping a pair/trio of geese. They seem a bit difficult to obtain - could fertile eggs be posted and incubated, are they as easy as chicks to hand raise in a brooder? Any general info on keeping geese would be handy though I've been searching on byp too.

Have to admit to an ulterior motive - my neibours kids come into my paddock and steal my hens eggs, hassling the hens. I found a couple of big sticks in one chook pen and the chooks were 'roughed up'. Putting a padlock on each pen/run would be a pain. The paddock is only half an acre - not really big enough to run a large animal in but would it be suitable for a couple of geese? I imagine they may scare the kids from comming over the fence. Though of course, its another excuse for me to have some more poultry and chicks. :D :shock: The thorny bushes along that fence line will take a while to grow.... :x


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:22 pm 
Geese eggs like all waterfowl are hard to incubate, having them posted thru the post would also decrease the fertility.

As for hand raising them, I do this for all my chicks, ducklings and goslings. Day old to week old in the house, separate brooders, week old until the feather up into a shed, once feathered up, they cam ego outside into the sun and have fun.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:25 pm 
goslings would be better

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:33 am 
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Thanks, already on to it, have pm'd shaun


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