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Thanks, Okie Dokie Ole Cuss!
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Janaki    Posted 02-22-2002 at 08:10:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for giving me good advice re.: my goose laying eggs all over the countryside. I did post in the poultry connection website and gots heaps of good advice. now I've got the goose laying her eggs in her own nest box in her own cage. Now I can only wait and see what happens.

Will let you know if I become a proud mama!

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-23-2002 at 02:15:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are welcome, Janaki!Hope every thing works out for you. Don't be a stranger, keep in touch and up to date on the goose situation.Good luck to you!

Ole Cuss    Posted 02-22-2002 at 09:40:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Best wishes to you. I haven't done well with my own poultry, as dogs got my three ducks in December; they had wooden shelter houses but no pens for nighttime safety. They were fine as long as they stayed close to the pond and could escape quickly to water, but they got bold and started foraging in the fields up to a hundred yards from the pond, and that gave the dogs an edge. I have four migratory Canada geese that come to my pond in March and stay till June, then leave. It is always only two pair of these geese, and I've wondered whether it's the same pairs year after year. They usually build a nest in the cattail shallows but only once did they lay eggs, which did not hatch.

Sned    Posted 02-22-2002 at 13:49:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ole Cuss,
Only four pair? Here in southeast Ohio they are everywhere! We have had to close public beaches due to the droppings. There is a very large strip mine area about 10 miles south of here with gobs and gobs of ponds and lakes they use for breeding grounds. There is also an endangered species spread called The Wilds here who were instrumental in getting the geese started in this area, Also home of the Big Muskie?
PS, when the Geese fly over we all run for cover...hehehe

Ole Cuss    Posted 02-22-2002 at 18:06:34       [Reply]  [No Email]

I have been very lucky only to have two pair every year. My neighbors have dozens that foul their ponds and often stay all year long. I think having several active fox dens nearby keeps the migratory waterfowl off my pond (thankfully). The state has now allowed hunting of resident non-migratory Canadian geese but I also wondered how do you know one from another? I guess you ask them for a green card. Those three ducks were given to me by my Dad's nurse because she didn't want to keep them through the winter but was too lazy to take them to the sale. I figured a dog or fox was going to get them and I was right.

John in Maryland    Posted 02-22-2002 at 21:01:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well at least with a dog or fox you can control them, if you can catch up with them. I had released a bunch of domestic ducks on my pond in Charles County, only to watch an eagle move in to what he thought was a "duck buffet." Well, I ran into my local DNR officer one day a store, asked him about it, he said sorry, you can't mess with that eagle. Well, took about 1 1/2 months and that eagle ate 20 ducks. I gave up after that. I had just 4 that I raised the next year, as someone gave them to me. That eagle (I guess it was the same one) was so bold as to snatch them out of my yard (about 1 mile from the pond). My mother watched it happen, as she was in the yard. Too bad she didn't have a camera, he got 2 ducks in two days, I gave the rest away as I didn't want to continue feeding that eagle.

Ole Cuss    Posted 02-23-2002 at 03:29:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

I don't mind having the foxes around since they keep the frigging filthy geese away. I have no particular fondness for waterfowl. My mules usually keep stray dogs away. The dog that got those ducks was one of my own.

Janaki    Posted 02-28-2002 at 12:43:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's interesting to hear what you have to say about geese there, in the States. Here, in south India, they are exotic and the local people see my geese and call them "ducks" 'cause there's no word in the local lingo for 'geese'. So they enter the property thinking 'ah, lovely ducks' until the geese raise their heads and come towards them trumpetting. Then before they can react the geese are off chasing them out the gate. Even the dogs are wary of them. So I think they are excellent here - like the deceptive unlikeliest guards one could possibly have.

If anyone can help me figure what breed they are that would be nice - they look totally unlike any in the websites on geese. They have grey heads, neck, wings, white underside, belly, black beak and orange legs.

Ok, until later

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