Blog post: Banged and Bruised: Why do the goslings need a heat lamp?

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
May 21, 2016 4:26 PM CST
I was just wondering.... When my hens hatched out youngsters, they seemed ok to stay with mom. I did not realize Geese would need extra care? Know nothing about waterfowl....only the basics about hens. Then again, we live on the Mason Dixon line and it probably doesn't get as cold here as where you are. (PS: I love reading your journal)
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
May 21, 2016 4:52 PM CST
I'm glad you enjoy reading!
They'd be fine staying with Mom but the shed we have them is isn't as secure as we'd like...and she's a clumsy goose, she squashed a couple in past years so we just don't want to take a chance...especially when it's easy enough to keep them inside at night. Our night temps are still in the low 40's. They go outside during the day.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
May 22, 2016 8:17 AM CST
Thanks for teaching me this! A few years ago, our neighborhood had a problem with rampaging wild ferrets. A pair of them killed an enormous number of chickens on several different properties. We escaped; to this day I believe it was because I let a mother skunk nest under our hen house. I think she may have defended the entire property and thus saved our hens. I figured a few eaten eggs were a small price to pay!
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