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HappyHippy

  • Joined Apr 2020
Goose herding chicken...
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:37:32 pm »
We have a fairly tenacious Bluebell hen (constantly leaves the run to explore before taking herself back) but today she started visiting our two Toulouse geese (goose and gander) and seems to be bossing them around...
There don't seem to be any bad feelings between them, if anything the geese seem a bit unsure of her  :thinking:
Does anyone else have chickens that have gone rogue?

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Goose herding chicken...
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 09:28:23 pm »
I have noticed that aggressive hens make very good protective mothers.

I had one that was so bad - was pecking others and made them bleed. I literally told her - if you keep doing this I'm gonna eat you!
And ehat did she do? The very next day went broody  :roflanim:

I gave her duck eggs - hatched and raised them very well.

Last year I had a Bluebell hen that went broody and was sitting for 4 weeks untill I took her off - I wasn't expecting a hybrid hen to sit for so long. If I knew I would have given her some good eggs
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Goose herding chicken...
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 12:52:10 am »
Hello HH and welcome back  :wave:   We have some hen herding geese if that's any help  :D  and a hen who is currently laying her eggs in a goose nest  ::)
Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Goose herding chicken...
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2021, 08:59:52 am »
I have a cockerel who lives with a flock of geese and is definitely boss of all.
He creeps up behind them when they're not looking and nips a few feathers from their bums  ;D

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Goose herding chicken...
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2021, 09:45:47 am »
great to see you here HH :wave:   And am loving the hen stories.  I guess we can see where the term "hen-pecked" came from...  :D
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Goose herding chicken...
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2021, 12:56:40 pm »
I forgot to mention Feisty the hen who is best pals with Gentian the sheep - they sunbathe together with Feisty on Gentian's back.  :hughen: :sunshine:
Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the the lifeblood of your land.

 

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