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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:21 pm 
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AWWWWWW!!

Sorry, came over all unnecessary there. I love the one with the grass in its bill looking slightly bemused :)

Are they as messy as ducks?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:55 pm 
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Well don't I look like I have egg all over my face :oops: ..I posted a comment in your gallery and thought they were ducklings..Looks like my weakness for ducklings is running a close second to goslings now. Totally gorgeous :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:57 pm 
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They're both waterfowl. :lol:

Here's Mr Bellmere's picture of Ian's birds. I see the gander's taking his duties seriously.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:56 pm 
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Oh my all those pictures are so cute. It makes me want baby goslings!! (nah never going to happen in my suburban backyard hehe).

They are all just beautiful.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:04 pm 
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A few months ago I briefly had a gosling that didn't make it for a few reasons, but one problem was that he didn't eat. So today I wanted to get these guys eating. They needed to be taught. They just ignored the food until I poked it around for a while with my finger. Then they started getting the idea and eating. When I move away they stop. They must learn to do this from their mother I guess. So each time I walked past the cage today I went and poked the food around a bit and got them going. By tonight I have a few healthy looking poos that tell me they are eating well. I have also discovered that they don't like drinking from those little bell hopper type container that the chicks use. They need a container with a slightly bigger surface to dip their heads into.

We've decided the boy is going to be Bruce, and the girl is going to be Lucy Goosie. Bruce pooed on my computer keyboard tonight - not good to have dripping between the keys. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:58 pm 
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Brucey was a bit loosey too by the sound of it! :lol: :P


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oh dear. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:33 pm 
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Getting photos of Bruce is a little difficult. This is how it goes.

"Now stay back there Bruce or my camera can't focus properly."
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"No.... too close Bruce."
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Bruce now chewing the lens!!
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"All right - we'll try again - back there, Bruce."
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Ummmmm .....
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OK, Bruce - Maybe another day then!
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Sensational :D Absolutely lovely new bubs (and the chicks are cure too). Bruce looks like one spruce goose!! Or I should say a dandy gander.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:23 pm 
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OK, you've REALLY made me laugh with that series of photos. That's the cutest thing I've seen in weeks and with everyone's hatchings, that takes some doing.

What's the next photo comp? Please enter them in, whatever it is!!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:46 pm 
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Well, I promised photos so here's Brucie & Lucy at two weeks old.
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They love chatting with people.
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They follow us around all day. This is a little walk off to the dam to have a first big swim.
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This is Bruce when he was being called over to the water. :roll: He loves me!
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Calling didn't work. My OH had to place them in the water. Lucy at the back - Bruce at the front (heading for the bank at top speed).
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Running away from that horrible man who put them in the dam, back to mum with the soft slippers to cuddle. :rofl:
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They are now sleeping outside as they poop too much to be in the box in the kitchen any more. :shock: Last night was their first night out, and they coped pretty well in the warm weather.

They are too cute with funny, bossy personalities. They tell the chooks off all the time - and the chooks take it. :lol:

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They are just beautiful!

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Absolutely delightful.

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Here we have Bruce & Lucy at 3 weeks of age:
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The Seb Gander is very interested in looking after them. They are still running away from him. If they get used to him he looks like he'd be a good protector. He persistently hovers near them. I'm hoping they 'adopt' him because he's really keen.
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Three days ago I hatched another gosling in the incubator. It was a single abandoned egg that I put in there just in case it was any good. Now I have a three day old. The goose is currently hatching her clutch. She has seven eggs. At least one has hatched as I can see it. She made her nest on the ground under some trees in a very unprotected area. I'm keeping a close eye on them atm and when they are hatched I think I'll have to move them somewhere safer. I'm reluctant to disturb her. She keeps adjusting her body position and her wings are held away from her body, so something interesting is going on under her.
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I'm actually thinking that I might slip the three day old under her tonight and see if she will take it along with her new hatchlings. I would be a lot easier for me if she would.

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