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lord flynn

  • Joined Mar 2012
Goose enclosure enrichment
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:07:50 am »
Hi all

I no longer keep geese but I seem to remember that off grass, during the flu lock down, it was hard to find stuff they would eat-and I can't remember if they'd eat the flaked peas that I supplement the diet of my ducks and chickens with in the winter (they would eat fresh peas though, apples and spring greens).

Anyway, looking to enrich an enclosure of rescue ganders-they have an acre of grazing and a pond but its only grass and some of it is a little bare atm. Obviously they have pellets etc.

Is there anything shrub/tree wise that they might like to nibble on? Obviously this time of year is what it is, but wondered if willow/apple might be an idea? Any other suggestions? The pond has a concrete base-I've read about putting grit etc in the bottom but wondered if that was mainly for ducks?

Thanks :)


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2019, 01:08:51 pm »
Mine just love their bath, but as you have a pond maybe they don't need another one.  They jump into buckets, sheep drinkers, washing up bowls, their dog bath, anything wet with nice fresh water in.
Ours don't actually eat much shrubby stuff but they do like to spend part of the day hidden away in bushy bits.  They also like somewhere they can sunbathe.
But most of all as you know they love to graze.  Maybe you could close off some areas to allow the grass to grow a bit when the warmer weather starts, so they could have a rotation of longer grass, say 2-3", or you could sprout large trays of grain for them.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2019, 01:10:24 pm by Fleecewife »

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  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2019, 03:08:43 pm »
Geese love chewing things so some small tree branches would keep them happily occupied for quite some time.

lord flynn

  • Joined Mar 2012
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2019, 12:16:20 pm »
thanks both-will think about some planting and get some branches 'n the meantime.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 08:20:55 am »
They do LOVE goose berries.
They' d probably like some geese  :love:     :coat:


  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2019, 06:53:05 pm »
cauliflower is ace, as are iceberg lettuce (big favourite), kale etc … just if you're in a growing mood or if the supermarket has cheap ones going..
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Goose enclosure enrichment
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2019, 07:02:37 pm »
They love to dabble for whole wheat in water, I use a wide bucket, but maybe throwing a handful into pond? Also stops rodents getting it.


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