Not literally, although they're so darn big, it could have happened.
They never made it into the gosling/chick/duckling tractor.
The house of the tractor is 30" x 30". That size would be adequate for the three goslings and giganto Skidmore, but the "outside" penned in run is 30" x 48", and for them to be in there and have access to fresh grass and room to run around, I think we would have had to move the tractor twice a day!
Yes, the goslings are that big.
Practically in desperation, we moved them outside to within the big poultry pasture, but in their own smallish fenced in area. We had an old shed which is about 3' x 3', with a slanted roof (about 3-1/2 to 4' at the highest point) which we moved into their fenced in area. The shed is tacky looking but still sound, with the addition of a new roof which Papa Pea whipped together. We installed a heat lamp inside, and they get locked up safely in there each night while having access to the inside during the day, too.
They seem to be very happy in their new environment although our one adult male goose comes over to stand at the other side of the fence and hiss at them regularly. The integration of the two batches of geese may take some finagling.
They are truly growing so fast and getting so big I'm not sure we shouldn't be afraid of them! Especially Skidmore.
Fall Garden 2017
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