Sunday, April 24, 2016

Temporary (Bigger) Gosling Quarters

As sometimes happens (sigh), projects don't proceed as quickly (or smoothly) as anticipated for.

Our construction of the new chicken/gosling/duckling tractor is not progressing as planned and because our largest gosling, who is growing at an alarming rate, was suddenly unable to stand up without rubbing his fuzzy head on the wire covering our brooding pen, we had to set up short-term, temporary, bigger-than-they've-been-in quarters for the goslings.


Giant Gosling says, "Oh, it feels so good
 to be able to stretch out my neck!"

This should buy us a little more time in getting their outside housing done.  We can hope.  :o/  (The other glitch we've encountered is the fact that Mother Nature has gotten confused and is bringing back nasty weather . . . a rain/snow mix forecast for today.  Arrrrgh.)  Of course, we wouldn't have our undies in such a bunch if these goslings had arrived at the end of April, as they were scheduled, rather than the first.

In the above picture, you can see how much bigger our one gigantic gosling is than the others.  We've dubbed him Skidmore, by the way.  Ado Annie (Annie for short -- we're going with the theme of names from the musical and stage play "Oklahoma" [thanks, Sandy!] since they came from a hatchery in the state of Oklahoma) is the little dark one that is of questionable parentage, if you ask me.  The other two over to the right haven't been named yet because we aren't sure of their sex.

As mentioned before, we were to get two females and two males.  Presently we're thinking Skidmore is the lone male and the other three are females.  If that turns out to be so, at least it's a more desirable ratio than three males and one female! 

15 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

He is a big boy, you will have to work the night shift to get it finished he might grow another couple of inches over night :-)

Sue said...

Well,you could have just brought him in the house. He might like to watch tv or be read to.

Mama Pea said...

Dawn - We're considering cutting off his food and water supply before he bends apart the cage with his behemoth body! ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Papa Pea suggested he might be big enough to sit in the roaster pan and be slipped into the oven!

Sue said...

Oh no!!-- Run, goosy, run!!
Teehee.

Mark said...

Hmm... He is a big boy. How long before they can join the adults? Don't see many feathers yet so it must be a least a few weeks.

Laurie said...

Skidmore sure is a big boy. Canadian geese live in the lake at the beach. I love to watch them. But they sure are messy. They poop everywhere.

DFW said...

Skidmore is huge compared to the others! Good luck on getting their new housing finished soon.

Mama Pea said...

Mark - The goslings are just barely starting to get feathers on their wings . . . and our weather has been really cool (like 35 this morning and rain) so I'm not even guessing when they can go outside. Soon, I hope. Yes, please, soon!

Mama Pea said...

Laurie - Yes, making good fertilizer (aka poop, poop, poop) is a characteristic geese seem to have!

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Yeah, it is a little remarkable. It will be very interesting to see how these four turn out. (We may have a 35 pound Christmas goose this year!)

Susan said...

He sure doesn't look like the rest of them. Maybe you got pygmy geese? Except for Skidmore, that is. I agree on the little dark one - looks like another breed. I am always amazed at how quickly they grow!~

gld said...

Surely he isn't the same breed! Be interesting to see if the others every catch up to his size.

Hurry with the tractor. He will outgrow this cage soon..............

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Even the little ones (maybe they actually aren't so little but just look that way next to Giganto Skidmore!) seem to be growing so fast. Hope their parents weren't raised on steroids.

Mama Pea said...

gld - We ALREADY switched them to a bigger cage today. Our weather is just not cooperating. A high today of 36 with SNOW falling much of the day. Spring in Minnesota. Sigh.