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Remember BabyGos ???

Posted 5/11/2018 8:11am by Renee Savary.

 

Last Thursday, I was very sad the whole day …

You, All, remember BabyGos ?? (ya right !!) .. The little gosling I raised a year ago ?? Even came with me to the FarmStand ??

BabyGos 

At a couple of months old, I tried to get her back to the rest of the Geese but the Geese being geese they were just beating the crap of the poor little one so I took her back toward the house and raised her with the chickens.

Moving here, the setting is very different, everybody is in the same area. BabyGos started to hang at the extreme periphery of the Geese but was going back to sleep with the chickens at night.

Let me make a parenthesis here … We only have one pond here and it all revolve around it … after a few weeks I noticed that when all the Geese would rush to the water BabyGos would stop just at the edge and then walk along the shore. If I was pushing her toward the water she would “escape”, I realized that she had never ever been closed to a body of water and she was scared of it. Little by little, everyday a bit more, I got her in the water, at first she should just swim a few flippers till one day, I swear, she showed me all around the pond … But I am digressing …

Back to my story, at night we have a “routine”. At almost dark I go close the chicken’s coops and lock everybody in. To make it easier to get them in, the ducks and the Geese get a snack. It sounds simple but it is actually a huge freaking mayhem !!! … The ducks run on their little legs, quacking madness, the Geese are screaming death threats, the donkeys get into the party because why not ??? and Praline run after anything moving !!! … How I end up in one piece every night is a little miracle !!! Then, with all the crazies locked up, BabyGos, Praline and I stroll toward the middle of the pasture, where some of the chickens are, to close them in and BabyGos goes to spend the night with them …

A few months ago the Geese ostracized one of theirs, no idea why. So poor Linotte (her name),  started to buddy up with BabyGos. At night Linotte would sleep next to the Geese coop and BabyGos just stop going to the chicken coop and stayed with Linotte. I did not like it at all, it is awfully dangerous at night out there but they are also very close to the water that in case of imminent danger I was hoping they would jump in …

A couple of weeks ago, Linotte got back into the gang and BabyGos was kinda left out again. (no worry, People, she gets tons of treats from me!!) At night Linotte went back into the coop and BabyGos stayed out. I attempted to get her back with the chickens but to no avail … Because I raised BabyGos she is not aggressive like the other Geese, she even got Linotte to be friendly with me when I am feeding or working out there …

… but this morning BabyGus was NOWHERE to be seen …

I look and look and the place is not big and geese don’t go in the forest or roost, I looked at the mamas hog pen because she likes to go feed with them, I looked everywhere and call and call …

NO BabyGos …

It made me so sad …

Tonight, I go feed everybody and all of sudden who is around ??? BabyGos … I could not believe it, I even counted the Geese that were eating in their coop just to make sure I was not mistaken … I gave her some feed and then she went to the Mamas and I kept on going to the next pen … and by then she usually waddle around the tractor hoping for some treats … I looked around and I see her in a short distance and I can not really see what she is doing … weird … so I go see … and here what I find …

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BabyGos is seating on a nest full of eggs .. 5 of them …  how cute is that ???    

She must have been there for a while already; she found a kind of shallow hole, at the base of a shrub and pulled twigs and stuff around … It does not seems she is getting any help from the other Geese. Of course I am super worried at night but I don’t  have many options .. if I touch the eggs, game is over, she will not go back to them. If I put some kind of temporary fencing, predators may get in quite easy but she won’t get out, a goose is kinda clumsy on land … for now I have done nothing, first it was late and actually tonight it took me a moment to find it again … I will see if I come up with some contraption…

My sad little day ended up pretty well …

 

BabyGos when she was really little ...

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