Finally! My mudroom is without the chirps of tiny fowl wanting food and attention. Not that I didn’t like having them around mind you. I think you can definitely build a stronger bond with the chicks that are brooded inside your home than those brooded in the barn. This spring our brooders were kept in our mud room, so every time we came in or went out, we had little chirping faces looking up at us. First the chicks then the goslings. In the end, it is very rewarding to see them go to a more permanent location on the farm and enjoy the elbow room that comes with it.
Up until today, the babies had only been out for short periods to graze a bit and to explore. Moving day was exciting and traumatic at the same time. They love being outside, but as you can see by the photos, they want to be right next to Mr. Farmer or myself at all times. They do not venture to far away and if they see us start to walk, they are right on our heels. When we said goodnight and locked the kennel door, they rushed to the closest corner as we walked away. There they stayed for quite a while as they laid down to wait for our return. It was just a little heart breaking.
Their new home is an 8X13 ft dog kennel inside of a small paddock. We had kept the ducks, Paprika and Coriander, in there for the last week as they got use to their new home. With the goslings move, the ducks were released from the kennel to roam the paddock. We wanted them to have a chance to get acquainted before releasing everyone into the paddock together. Paprika and Coriander, one year old silver Appleyard duck and drake, do not like the babies to much. Little do they know that one day the little geese will grow up and be able to put them in their place rather easily!
The geese are showing definite personalities. The friendliest of the four and my favorite is Violet. Daisy, while in the brooder could be the most cantankerous, nibbling on fingers when they got closer than she wanted. Outside, she doesn’t seem to do that. We will have to watch that though because we do not want aggressive geese. And finally, the two girls (the darker ones) are braver than the boys. It will be interesting to see the changes they go through…