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I think my goslings hate me. does it matter?

 
Will Holland
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I don't mean that thread title 100%. I guess they are indifferent to me. Way different than the way my chickens and ducks act toward me.

The goslings (production Toulouse) are about 3 weeks old, and it's my first time with geese. The only time I interact with them is to pick them up and bring them inside/outside (see other thread about goose housing). Because they just eat graas, they don't run to me for treats the way the chickens/ducks do, and the geese get all wound up every time I transfer them inside/outside. Otherwise, they're on their own all the time. Should I be doing something differently?

I'm just concerned that the only time I touch them or interact with them, it's a sort of stressful event
 
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They will be attracted to water, unless they have access to other water in the landscape. You might make progress by putting their water source right near the entrance to their shelter, and maybe set up some fence in a funnel shape so that you can corner them by the water and then herd them into the pen. They will also eventually learn that grain, etc. is worth coming around for. My geese would eat just about anything....fruit, corn on the cob, etc. They just have to be introduced to it with persistence. I had mine in the same orchard with chickens and guineas, and when I would throw a bucket of stuff in, the geese would charge up and bully the other birds away from it until they had their pick...
 
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So it's been a couple of weeks and no progress on their disposition toward me. It's getting really frustrating because they haven't figured out to go in/out of their house on their own. I round them up every evening to put them in, at which time they freak out, and then the same thing in the morning when it's time to go out. It's been a management nightmare so far.

I wish I had spent more time with then when they were tiny. I will also seek out better (i.e. non-hatchery) stock next time, if I decide to raise them again. At this point, I'm thinking I'm gonna terminate the project early.
 
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Fresh corn off the cob is goose candy.I just buy frozen corn. Mine remember it for months and will come running for it. But they are the least appreciative birds we have.
 
Liz Hoxie
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Geese seem to have the attitude that they're better than anybody else. Don't let that stop you. As long as they THINK they're in charge they're easy to manage. I've had mine for almost 3 years and they won't come up to be petted. They are glad to see me and will honk and fly. If I have to catch them they won't struggle or bite. That's good enough.
 
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Geese are very independent critters. They're the  cats of the fowl world. (That's why I like them so much.) Don't take it personally. That's just how geese roll!
 
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