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jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Oh no! My gander has died!
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:13:51 am »
 :'( Nimbus, my gander is dead  :'( I opened up the goose house this morning and he was just lying there.
The worst of it is that the goose is sitting. Pleeease let some of the eggs hatch. I'm not hopeful cos she laid them at such a desultory rate that some of them were 2 weeks old before she began. But fingers crossed. Poor Cirrus, she is all on her own now. And I don't know why he died. He was beautiful, only 3 years old. Big and heavy still. Really worried it's something I have or haven't done right. And I am so sad, for me and for Cirrus.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 08:51:25 am »
So sorry to hear your news, jaykay.  What a horrible shock.  Fingers crossed for Cirrus and her eggs.  Love the names - Cumulus and Stratos next, eh?
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

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 09:38:18 am »
So sorry to hear that jaykay, it is a shock, especially when its such a big bird you expect them to go on forever. 
The ones you sold me are doing very well - I don't lock them in at night and they fly up and down the river and round about all day so I can never get them in.  One of the females sat (we didn't know where) but was unsuccessful, the other is sitting now and we can see her in a bush at the far end of our site.  The geese are a joy and worth every penny. 
I do hope you're successful with the eggs ... I will see my lady in Peebles at the Highland Show I expect and see what's what there and get back to you.  May be useful to know what it was.  All the best...goosepimple
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

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 09:57:30 am »
Really glad the ones you've got are doing well, they are so lovely and great to have about.

Fingers crossed for Cirrus's eggs but yes, I'd be very glad to hear what the Peebles lady has - I can't leave her on her own.

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 12:42:13 pm »
Replacement!  Call the lady in Peebles - Linda on 01721 752297 (website is www.ducksforfun.co.uk) I explained your predicament - she has been unlucky with young this year but she does have a gander for you - says he is rather old now but better than nothing!  Good luck...amanda
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

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 12:53:21 pm »
Oh, thank you for talking to her! I'll ask her what she thinks, I wonder if introducing a new gander at this stage ( a week to go til eggs due to hatch) might cause problems? If no eggs hatch then I will definitely go and get him  :) I suppose if eggs do hatch, one might be a gander. Thank you very much again  :)

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 01:00:18 pm »
Oh, thank you for talking to her! I'll ask her what she thinks, I wonder if introducing a new gander at this stage ( a week to go til eggs due to hatch) might cause problems? If no eggs hatch then I will definitely go and get him  :) I suppose if eggs do hatch, one might be a gander. Thank you very much again  :)
You might get ALL Ganders!  Then what will you do? ::) ::) ::) ;)
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 01:38:42 pm »
They'll all get married to my hatchlings which are going to be all girls, and live happily ever after.... ;D, glad to help jaykay
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

doganjo

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Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 01:56:36 pm »
They'll all get married to my hatchlings which are going to be all girls, and live happily ever after.... ;D, glad to help jaykay
Sounds very romantic!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2011, 09:55:41 am »
Jaykay, I can see two (there may be more) goslings this morning with mum - beautiful little sunny yellow heads -asked Peebles lady about this previously, she said so long as they were healthy it should be fine.  Might be good to have a 3 way swap at sometime in the future!  Hope you get a nice brood and the shock of your gander loss is bearable - so happened we lost our gorgeous dinky little puss on Monday on the road, she was a great hunter and was only 4 years old - kids were devastated and are still prone to fits of tears when they're tired.  Its very sad, pet or livestock.  All the best.
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

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2011, 01:34:46 pm »
So sorry to hear about your puss cat, goosepimple.  It's horrid when a car gets them and it's usually at a young age - and sadly I think a large proportion of them meet an untimely death this way.

A vet friend of mine says that of the road accident cats brought to him, 90% are black cats and of the remaining 10%, 90% are tabby - he concludes that the darker colours are more difficult to see especially at night and hence these cats are more vulnerable.  I now put a reflective collar on dark-coloured cats to try and give them a better chance.

It takes a while to adjust to the loss of a well-loved friend, especially when it's so sudden and such a youngster.  I feel for you and your kids.  {{{hugs}}}
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

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 04:53:11 pm »
Thanks Sally, we still have our other cat (black, eek) and our mad 7mth border collie so the space doesn't seem empty and we've just had 2 goslings today which seem to have been abandoned, so lots to think about which is helping,  thanks for your sympathies though, that was very kind. :-*
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

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011, 07:36:22 pm »
Sorry to hear about the pusscat Amanda  :-*

No goslings here, eggs didn't develop for whatever reason. Glad to hear you've got some  :) though you think they've been abandoned?
Young gander arriving on Tues. Just been sitting outside, Cirrus (goose) next to me, coughing. Now what  :P

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2011, 07:58:35 am »
Coughing geese, young orphans ...... such things are sent to try us - character building (just can't tell you how built my character is) ... hope your goose hasn't caught something from the gander. :-\
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

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Oh no! My gander has died!
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2011, 08:09:10 am »
lol, my character is built quite enough too  :D

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hope your goose hasn't caught something from the gander. :-\
yeh, that's what I was worried about. However, she seems fine this morning. I wormed her and gave her a jab of antibiotics last night, just to cover all bases!

 

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