Thursday, April 16, 2009

AWOL goose....

So the way our winter had been going with things dying, disappearing, etc- I got a little concerned when our Pilgrim goose went missing. The gander was still in the pasture, but she was no where to be found. The two of them had been wandering further in the pastures from their normal spots. I figured the coyotes had finally wandered close enough to nab her or a stray dog had found her- you know all the terrible things that go through your head...

So imagine my pleasant surprise when I was starting to clean up one of the winter shelters- to find her sitting on a nest and NONE too happy to see me!

We've come to an understanding- I bring her some corn and water and she doesn't bite too hard...

I figure she's been setting a week- so a couple more and we'll hopefully have some babies around.

Time to reinforce the perimeter fencing....

6 comments:

American Way Farm said...

So glad you found her OK. Can't wait to see the babies. -Sandy

Somerhill said...

Oh what fun! I LOVE ducks and geese.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh goody, I love a happy ending - or at least a happy middle - to a story! Hope they hatch goslings. Read a sad post on another blog. The person checked the geese at bedtime, and noticed the goose was off the nest but the eggs were peeping (I think they were due to hatch Sat.). She could hear the geese talking outside, but it was too dark to see them. She went to bed. The next morning she went out and realized the goose had gotten on the other side of the fence and was still there; and her eggs were cold and quiet....

AsylumFarm said...

Now I'll really be paranoid...! I'll have to make sure to check her at night.

An English Shepherd said...

geese can be quite snappy, I stear well clear of them ;-)

Wizz :-)

Becky Utecht said...

That's great that you found her on a nest! I hope the eggs hatch out. We had a problem with gay ganders our first year with Pilgrims and I wound up buying some ducklings for the goose raise after she sat on infertile eggs for a month. I love pilgrim geese. Our Brown Chinese geese have a nest with 5 eggs so far.