kadence blevins wrote:Helloooo! I have sheep and I'm wondering again about getting a couple birds to rotate going along with my sheep. I have wool sheep so I'm a bit averse to chickens because I don't want them roosting and pooping on the sheep. And I know I won't keep up with wing clipping so I'm thinking maybe a couple geese or ducks. Like Runners or Pekins that won't really fly. I don't think domestic geese really fly because they are heavy? Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.
*I have sheep. Ideally I'd like to have a chickshaw style mobile coop and be able to move the birds along with the sheep. My paddocks are permanent fenced with the regular big square fence. Some is 4inch top to bottom and some is smaller at the bottom. Would geese/ducks stay in that fairly well?
*This is the electronet I'm possibly investing in soon for the sheep. Would this netting also keep in geese/ducks?
*I'm thinking the birds will want to investigate the sheds or barn that are the sheep shelters. Is that likely to become an issue that they want to hang out in the buildings rather then a mobile coop?
*I'm really loving the chickshaw design but I'm pretty hesitant about wintering birds in one here in Ohio. I feel like it would not be enough protection. We don't often get real deep snow but if we have that kind of winter then it could get snowed in entirely. I'd love to know if people that use them in northern and harsh winter climates have issues with the birds in mobile coops. I just now thought about putting a couple square bales around the base of it, but it would be annoying to have to move them when I move the coop. It's all hillside here.
*We have A CRAP TON of raccoons in this area. We have caught 15 and disposed of them in a single week. I'm actually considering taking up a trapping line. I was hoping to not *have* to invest in bird electronet and separate charger and all. I have had raccoons eat entire rabbits in grow out cages leaving *no sign* except one pelvis and one leg bone from 3 grown out meat rabbits!
*My goal for the birds is a little different grazing pressure than the sheep. The area's I'm utilizing are being basically reclaimed from overgrown brush. Areas that were cow pasture 40 years ago or goat pasture 10 years ago. Currently fighting an onslaught of ironweed, goldenrod, giant ragweed, multifora rose, horse nettle, stinging nettle, and a short list of yet unidentified plants that the sheep do not eat at all. Thinking a few birds might zero in on these undesirable plants as little seedlings and nip them out.
The sheep can be annoying at tramping down a lot of nice grass, which they then won't eat and shouldn't because of worms. But it's still lots of good grass that isn't really stomped enough to be useful for the soil. Combined with the bigger fence I was thinking a couple geese.
Nicloe wrote: Muscovies supposedly fly. I've never kept muscovies.