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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Aug 22, 2014 11:18 AM CST
I feed my geese chicken scratch...it has a good balance of what they need, if they end up over wintering, and is maybe a bit cheaper. Mine aren't wild geese of course...but still :)

I love reading your blog, you have a nice way of writing. I always look forward to your next entry.

Here's a shot of my geese, just because.

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Aug 22, 2014 3:16 PM CST
Thanks, Lee Anne! If the two young geese aren't able to fly out before the pond freezes, DH and I will try to catch and relocate them to a protected shore on Lake Ontario where a large number of water fowl overwinter. In the event that they can't be caught, however, I will go down to the feed store to enquire about chicken scratch. When we had a swan on the pond, we tried feeding it duck pellets, but it told us they were nasty!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Aug 22, 2014 3:29 PM CST
LOL I bet it did! We tried goose pellets once and they wouldn't even look at them. They looked like rabbit food and even the rabbits wouldn't eat it. The Grackles cleaned it up nicely though....but they'll eat just about anything you toss at them.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Aug 23, 2014 7:38 PM CST
Lots of grackles here too, including one with a white head - it's quite startling to see!
Hansel & Gretel had another flight today with a family group of seven that visited the pond. They all took off together at dusk and made it over the tops of the trees. Gretel chickened-out and returned to the pond, Hansel flew further but turned back to stay with her, and lo-and-behold the other geese came back too. Maybe they've bonded. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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