The gaggle of geese and the five hatchlings after a swim in the "pool".
The female geese fought over their nest and moved it five times in the course of the month and a half they sat on it. The eggs rotted, of course, after being chilled too long with each move, and they abandoned the nest, but one goose laid 5 of her own eggs in another location and successfully hatched all of them. One little guy tumbled out of the nest into the hot sun, still half in the shell, but I picked him up and ran warm water over him to rehydrate him, which also released the shell and then I blew him somewhat dry and gave him back to mamma goose. The American Buff geese and the Toulouse gander mated most often, however; the Toulouse/Embden gander also mated with the Buff geese, so the goslings will be a mystery for a while longer. For now, they are adorable, but totally untouchable. The entire gaggle of geese, 4 ganders and 4 geese, stay together and protect the young ones. It is quite marvelous to watch them waddle around the yard talking to the babies and teaching them where to find food and what is good and bad, but when they go swimming in the toboggan pool, it is the cutest. These will be the only 5 babies hatched this year. The geese have quit laying eggs and are seasonal layers with a peak in late spring which tapers entirely off by summer. The American Buff geese are very calm and do not bite the way the Embden geese do, but the Embden geese are larger and make better yard guards, especially against arial predators. Geese eat very little other than grass and bugs in the summer and are economical to raise, especially when the gaggle takes care of business. The Fat Ewe Farm would not be complete without them!
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