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post #271 of 1037 Old 10-21-2012, 02:55 PM
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MHFQ, you are right to not tell your daughter! Once my mother had planted the idea in my head it was only a matter of time. ;)

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WP your birds are adorable! Wish I could have cool ones. I have to have mean strong birds, yours would last for all of two seconds out here!!
I wish I had stronger birds! If I ever get more they're going to be a really hardy breed. Silkies are adorable and lovable, but so are many of the tougher breeds. Poor, air headed Popcorn can barely stay alive; she's nearly been eaten by owls and stray cats and, get this, she has actually 'accidentally' jumped into and nearly drowned in the duck pond on several occasions. Luckily for her I was there when it happened both times. They're blue flesh is supposed to be a fantastic cure-all in Asian medicine, though. I think that's Inky's secret.

I have always wanted to get some geese. I know that they can be monsters when they aren't used to people, but I'm thinking that if I raised them right I would have minions. Then everyone would have to do what I say, lest I turn a gander on them!
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post #272 of 1037 Old 10-21-2012, 05:23 PM
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I have always wanted to get some geese. I know that they can be monsters when they aren't used to people, but I'm thinking that if I raised them right I would have minions. Then everyone would have to do what I say, lest I turn a gander on them!
OH LEMME TELL YA! I had injured a foot and was on crutches and couldn't handle the horses for over a year. I was pretty depressed until Gander (that was his name, he & GF (Gander's Friend) were supposed to be Christmas Dinner) decided I needed cheering up. He would come up and grab the handle of my purse so I could swing him around and around, hopping on my crutches. He'd sit in my lap for hours, she was a little more stand offish but still sweet, chase the cats until I'd laugh so hard I cried. He'd come up and we'd "box", he'd beat me with his beak and I'd make a beak out of my hand and we'd 'spar' until I'd give up because a goose never will.

One day a local deputy stopped by because someone had shot at a neighbor's horse and he knew I hung around outside all the time and wanted to know if I saw/heard anything. I hadn't. But he stood and we chatted a while and when he went to leave I said I'd walk him to his car. He didn't want me to have to do stairs on my crutches so he said, "NO" he'd be fine. Wellllllll, he hadn't seen Gander sneaking up behind him and when he swung around to leave Gander went for his legs. He beat that deputy with his beak, every single step all the way back to his car. That deputy looked like a Park Horse! OMG I ROLLED down the steps laughing, tears running down my face, trying to get to him before Gander decided to tear a leg off.

Now that I'm not injured, deputy still stops by once in a while but he always wants to know if I've gotten any more geese before he gets out of his car. I can't imgagine why????

Anywho, I was Gander's person and everyone else was a target. Geese can be very noisey but they can be stealthy too. Gander never made a sound to let that deputy know he was coming. And the expression, "Slicker than Goose Schyjt"? I learned the meaning and truth of that real well! OMG!

But I'd have another pair of geese in a hot second. I loved those birds! And the ducks were way cool too. I had crested ducks and they were so silly looking with their silly little poofs on top of their heads....Ah, silly barnyard birds! Can't imagine life without them!

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post #273 of 1037 Old 10-22-2012, 10:53 AM
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Flygap, I bag up grass clippings and put them in the pens. The chickens love 'em, and in the Fall/Spring I can till them up and use them for gardening.

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That's a great idea Corporal!
I rake it up and feed it to them when I'm not letting them graze, now I'm going to save it!
Do you compost it so it doesn't seed your garden? I'm sure I'd do it, much more organic! I love the way the straw looks but I'll get over it!
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post #275 of 1037 Old 10-22-2012, 01:49 PM
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MHFQ, you are right to not tell your daughter! Once my mother had planted the idea in my head it was only a matter of time. ;)

I wish I had stronger birds! If I ever get more they're going to be a really hardy breed. Silkies are adorable and lovable, but so are many of the tougher breeds. Poor, air headed Popcorn can barely stay alive; she's nearly been eaten by owls and stray cats and, get this, she has actually 'accidentally' jumped into and nearly drowned in the duck pond on several occasions. Luckily for her I was there when it happened both times. They're blue flesh is supposed to be a fantastic cure-all in Asian medicine, though. I think that's Inky's secret.

I have always wanted to get some geese. I know that they can be monsters when they aren't used to people, but I'm thinking that if I raised them right I would have minions. Then everyone would have to do what I say, lest I turn a gander on them!



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post #276 of 1037 Old 10-23-2012, 07:17 PM
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we had 10 lost 3. But my neighbor had 40 guinea hens and now she only has 4.these coyotes work fast.


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Im so angry.. I had 30 chickens. Then they started to dissappear.. so I put them up.. wouldnt let them our up the pen I has set up for them.. then My dad shot a coyote.. and I started to let them out again. I have 18 chickens then.. I have 10 of them to my brother because my dad said that I had to many...

So I then had 8 chickens..let them out yesterday morning.. put them up having 5.. 3 more chickens gone.. >:(

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post #277 of 1037 Old 10-23-2012, 08:43 PM
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All of ours are in a pretty secure enclosure except the evil rooster. He sleeps up high enough that nothing can get him at night. So far he is doing ok running around loose. Most people around here that let their chickens loose lose them to predators.

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Same here, and if it isn't a coyote it's a bobcat, owl, hawk, skunk.....
I got a little too relaxed and WHAMMO 4 girls gone! So now I'm just letting them out two hours before dark so they don't wander too far. Down to 13 hens :(, wished they would have snagged a darn rooster!
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the have an enclosure at night. Its completely closed at night so unless you are human you can't get in. We had are chickens free ranging we expected it but not that quick.the darn coyote tried to get them again. They were suppose to be closed in but some how managed to get out. Since its raining a lot now they are kept indoors.except when one of us go down there and let them out while standing there.oh they have windows that are screened so they have light and all just they don't get out.
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post #280 of 1037 Old 10-25-2012, 12:16 AM
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Dreamcatcher, what a delightful story! Water fowl can have such amusing personalities. I'll have to keep geese in mind, just in case I ever happen to move somewhere with a large pond. Hmm...

Has anybody here read Enslaved By Ducks by Bob Tarte? It's one of my favorite books. I don't think he gets chickens until the sequel but it is absolutely worth reading.

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