As chickens are prone to do, ours go to bed early each night. The geese and our wild Mallards like to hang out in the poultry yard together until almost dark.
It wasn't always this way. Matter of fact, for a long time the geese wouldn't tolerate Mama Mallard and her ten ducklings anywhere in their vicinity.
I think it's probably now that the goslings are full-grown and their parents aren't as protective of them that they feel okay about fraternizing with the ducks. Hubby thinks it's because these hot days, the geese and ducks have all been hanging out together in the pond and have gotten used to each other.
At any rate, it's fun to see them all intermingled up in the poultry yard each evening before the geese are shut away in their safe shelter for the night.
The dynamics of the situation are about to change however. This weekend is the designated one for our seven goslings to be butchered. We'll truly miss seeing them everyday and watching their antics. But they were raised as meat birds and they've reached ten weeks of age which is the suggested time for butchering young geese.
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